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Five Passengers Abducted Along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road

ISWAP fighters have resumed abduction of travellers along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway amidst a gun battle with Nigerian forces.

At least five travellers were confirmed missing after terrorists believed to be members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) waylaid and forcefully took away travellers in three vehicles along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway on Tuesday, Nov.  2, 2021. 

Sources familiar with the incident said that their vehicles were intercepted at TamsuKawu village of Kaga local government area (LGA) when they were heading to Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria around 3 p.m. WAT.

HumAngle understands that the travellers ran into a fake military checkpoint mounted by ISWAP fighters near TamsuKawu, a village about 100km away from Maiduguri. 

“Three of the vehicles were forced to drive into the bush at gunpoint before the Boko Haram gunmen later selected five passengers whom they took away while the others and the three vehicles were later released,” a senior police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity hinted. 

A local vigilante source informed HumAngle that the recent attacks along Maiduguri-Damaturu road were led by a ruthless terror commander, Abu Asmau, who was known for his vicious style of attacks. 

The incident happened three hours after troops of the 72 battalion Nigerian army deployed to Dala Yazara had an encounter with ISWAP. 

“Three of the gunmen were killed during the fight that occurred at noon yesterday (November 2),” said a military source in Maiduguri. 

“It was supposed to be an attack on their location but the alerted soldiers effectively pushed them back and killed three of them. One died instantly and two other were later found dead as they tried to escape with bullet wounds,” the source added. 

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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