Boko Haram militants have executed five individuals in an assault on a convoy of vehicles carrying passengers and cargo in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
During the incident that occurred on Thursday, August 10, near the Nigeria-Cameroon border town of Banki within the LGA around 2:30 pm, the insurgents also seized seven women.
Babagana Kaumi, a source traveling along the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki route, recounted to Punch:
“The convoy of passenger and cargo vehicles fell into an ambush near Banki. One of the vehicles experienced mechanical issues, and in such situations, all the soldiers focus their attention on the faulty vehicle until it’s repaired before the journey resumes.”
“That’s precisely what transpired that day; as the soldiers concentrated on the vehicle with issues, the insurgents launched an attack. They killed two passengers and the driver of one of the vehicles. They also kidnapped his two assistants, along with about seven women, and set the convoy on fire.”
“Recently, the insurgents have been targeting such convoys, robbing commuters of money and valuables, even taking decent pairs of shoes, while allowing them to continue their journey unharmed. However, last Thursday, they attacked with a more aggressive approach.”
Kaumi further mentioned that Boko Haram attacks are now on the rise along both the Nigerian and Cameroonian sections of the border.