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Boko Haram Abducts 35 Passengers In Maiduguri, Report Says

Not knowing whether you will return home to your loved ones has become a constant fate for the people living in the Northern part of Nigeria.

Local online news, TheCable has reported that at least 35 commuters were kidnapped on Friday by an Islamic jihad group, Boko Haram along Damaturu-Maiduguri road.

This is coming seven days after over 300 students of the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara were abducted in their hostels.

Quoting a military sources in a report published on Saturday morning, the large commuters were abducted around 17:00 hrs on Friday near Garin Kturu in Jakana.

Disguised as soldiers, the jihadists were said to have mounted a roadblock with five HIlux vans on the highway before capturing their targets.

“The passengers first sighted a burning fire, but they thought it was bush burning, not knowing that they had already ambushed a Dangote’s truck driver and set it ablaze,” the news quote a source as saying.

“But while they were approaching the scene, they sighted the insurgents storming towards them on trucks mounted with heavy weapons, before they could turn their vehicles to run, the insurgents had already caught up with them.

“Many of the passengers fled to the bush, 35 were abducted, two private vehicles and one truck were set ablaze. Nine vehicles of the abducted passengers were also abandoned at the scene while their properties were looted.”

A senior member of a Crack team in madiguri who reportedly spoke in confidence but preferred not to be named said they were able to rescue 10 passengers.

Others were said to have sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at Maiduguri Specialist Hospital.