At least, two soldiers were killed and dozen travelers, including a newly-wed bride and her friends, were abducted in separate attacks launched by suspected insurgents along the Maiduguri/Damaturu highway on Friday.
According to sources, the insurgents ambushed commercial vehicles plying the highway yesterday afternoon and forced many passengers into the forests.
Daily Trust Saturday learnt that the abductions took place between Mainok and Jakana axis in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, around 3:30 pm.
According to a family source, only an elderly woman was left with instructions that the others have been kidnapped by the insurgents.
The source were in grief over the incident, saying all the passengers in the three vehicles who accompanied the bride to Damaturu had been forcefully taken away. Similarly, suspected insurgents attacked a troop stationed between Mainok and Benisheik in the Kaga LGA and killed two soldiers in the process.
A security source who confirmed the incident, said the other soldiers were yet to report to their stations. “We lost two soldiers and their hilux vehicle had been carted away with ammunition”, he said.