2 people killed as Boko Haram ambush travelers


Not fewer than two persons have been confirmed dead while three other sustained various degrees of injury on Sunday as gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram opened fire on travelers along Damaturu Biu high way, security and military sources have said.

A military source who spoke on condition of anonymity informed that the insurgents had buried IEDs along the highway.

Our correspondent gathered the travelers took off from Damaturu on their way to Biu located some 121 Kilometers east of Damaturu the Yobe state capital when they encountered the Boko Haram terrorists’ midway into the journey.

The source added that the militants opened fire indiscriminately on the travelers while in attempt to escape from trampled on IEDs e which went off killing two persons on the spot.

The three injured were rushed to the Damaturu specialists’ hospital by security forces on patrol along the road.

A hospital source at the Accident and Emergency ward of the Damaturu Specialists’ Hospital confirmed that three peoples have been treated and referred to the Federal Medical Centre Gombe on relative request.

Sunday’s attack on the road further cast doubt on the safety of the Damaturu-Biu road opened to travelers last year by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai after Buni Yadi was recaptured from the Boko Haram insurgents by security forces.

It has also increased fear along the only road connecting Borno and Yobe state to other north east states of the country.

The Maiduguri-Gwoza – Yola road and Maiduguri- Damboa – Biu road have long been opened for commuters but continue to record cases of Boko Haram attack as several travelers have either been killed or kidnapped in different Boko Haram ambush.

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