Boko Haram burnt 30 Motorists to death as they slept in cars on Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway

Suspected militant Islamists have killed at least 30 people and abducted women and children in a raid in North-East, officials say.

Most of the victims were travelers who were burnt to death while sleeping in their vehicles during an overnight stop, officials added

The attack took place in Auno town on a major highway in Borno State.


Borno State governor Babagana Zulum looked visibly shaken when he saw the charred bodies during a visit to Auno following Sunday night’s attack, Nigeria’s privately owned This Day news site reports the militants came in trucks mounted with heavy weapons, before killing, burning, and looting, state government spokesman Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

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The assailants “killed not less than 30 people who are mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

It also confirmed the abduction of women and children but did not give a number.

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” My heart is broken this morning. #BokoHaram came 2 #Auno (less than 5km to the International Airport and @NigAirForce Base) & did this to travelers who were locked out 5 minutes to 5pm from conveying their goods into Maiduguri. More than 30 people were killed and many abducted “-@DanBorno


Residents said most of the victims were traveling to the state capital, Maiduguri, but were forced to sleep in Auno, about 25km (16 miles) away, because the military had shut the road leading into the city.

Nigeria’s government has repeatedly said that the militants have been defeated, but attacks continue. (BBC)

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