As the federal government continues to wait for the support of the G7 countries and Nigeria’s neighbours in the war against terror, daring members of the Boko Haram sect, yesterday, took over the federal highway linking Maiduguri and Damaturu, capitals of Borno and Yobe States respectively.
Members of the group that were on the verge of being annihilated before the May 29 handover have suddenly renewed their onslaught in the past six week, killing almost 600 Nigerians in the North.
The terrorists capitalised on the recall of soldiers from checkpoints on major roads to penetrate several towns, including Zaria, Jos and Kano, where they carried out suicide bombings with underage children.
A police officer stationed in one of the villages along the Maiduguri/Damaturu highway told an on-line media that travellers are being asked to return as the terrorists have taken over the road between Benisheik (a town 85km away from Maiduguri) and Ngamdu (35km away from Damaturu).
The officer, who asked that his identity be protected for security reasons, said the terrorists had attacked Ngamdu village and killed 10 persons there.
“As I am talking to you now, soldiers are moving towards Benisheik, while we are here asking motorists to return to Maiduguri until the road is cleared,” he said.
There is no security checkpoint between Benisheik and Ngamdu, which is about 25km stretch of road.
Suspected members of the Boko Haram terror group have killed no less than 32 persons in a coordinated suicide bombings in Maiduguri, Borno state capital and N’djamena, Chad Republic’s capital.
According to reports, while 11 people were killed in a Boko Haram raid on a remote village of Ngamdu, 100 kilometres south of Maiduguri, a suicide bomber struck outside a main crowded market in Chad’s capital, killing 17 people and injuring scores of others.
Similarly, a suicide bomber driving a commercial tricycle killed three persons and injured three others yesterday morning in Maiduguri, Borno State.
According to one of the witnesses, Yusuf Adamu, the explosion occurred at about 7:10 a.m. when motor parks in the town were full of activities as travellers get to join commuter buses out of town.
Adamu said a tricycle attempted to ram into a vehicle that just came out of Borno Motor Garage, the biggest in the town, where vehicles were joined to destinations outside the town.
Adamu, who claimed he was near the scene of the incident, said the tricyclist had waited for a vehicle to emerge from the motor park and immediately sped after it but could not catch up with it.
About a kilometre away, it exploded and killed three passers-by on the highway and left another three injured.
He said, “I was at the motor park to board a vehicle when the explosion occurred. The park is near the SSS office and a tricycle was targeting a bus that just left the motor park, but triggered off the explosion before it could get to bus. Four people, including the bomber, were killed.”
Nigerian Pilot Sunday gathered that the botched suicide bombing at a bus station in Maiduguri, yesterday morning, took the death toll from Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria to nearly 580 since May 29.

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