Boko Haram burns 30 motorists to death as they slept in cars on Maiduguri-Damaturu highway

Boko Haram burns 30 motorists to death as they slept in cars on Maiduguri-Damaturu highway

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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 travellers 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.

Residents said most of the victims were travelling 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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