Some members of the Boko Haram terrorist group attacked motorists along the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road, killing some people and injuring others.
According to reports, the incident happened in the morning between Dogon Wire (Nigerian Telecommunication Mast, NITEL) and Bullabulin village.
An eyewitness, Dauda Pambe, told Premium Times that he was among the travelers being escorted by soldiers from Maiduguri to Biu on Saturday morning when the Boko Haram terrorists launched the ambush attack.
“We were somewhere between Bulabulin and DogonWaya villages when the Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on the vehicles ahead of us in the convoy”, said Mr. Pambe.
“The first vehicle was hit on the tire and the driver could not proceed so the passengers alighted and fled into the bush; the second vehicle was a pickup van carrying many passengers, and many of them could not escape”.
“They exchanged fire for sometime as many of us remained in the vehicles ducking to avoid being hit with bullet. When the shooting stopped and the Boko Haram fighters left, we had about seven passengers that were killed and some soldiers too were injured”, the witness said.
According to Mallam Aliyu Yau, another eyewitness, who is also a driver that escaped with six of his passengers, he noted that most of the passengers killed were not by the Boko Haram, but by the military (as seen on Vanguard).
“Most of the passengers killed and injured were not by Boko Haram sect, but by military escorts who opened fire on fleeing passengers into the bush, mistaking them as escaping terrorists.
“It is unfortunate that our road is not safe today (Saturday morning) as some Boko Haram terrorists laid ambush on the road. It is regrettable that during the ambush and exchange of gunfire between military escorts and the terrorists, many passengers took to their heels into the bush, and most of them fell victim in the cross fire..
“I cannot ascertain the number of those killed as I managed to escape with my passengers. But I learnt that scores of people were killed or injured”.