At least 30 people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, have been killed after suspected Boko haram militants set fire on sleeping travellers in Auno, Borno state, Nigeria.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram group have often carried out attacks in the area – burning down villages, attacking military checkpoints and kidnapping residents amid repeated claims by the government that they have been defeated.
The passengers were stranded on Sunday evening along a military checkpoint due to the curfew imposed by the military in the town of Auno before the attack, resident Bunu Ali who witnessed the attack said.
The attackers burned 18 vehicles, including trucks filled with food products, and other goods that were to be taken into markets in the city the following day. Images from the scene of the attack showed burnt bodies lying beside burned vehicles.
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Another resident of Auno Shehu Tanko confirmed the bodies of a pregnant woman and her baby were among those recovered from the carnage. “They burn everywhere. The fire was still on till this morning. We are still looking for many people around here,” Tanko said.
Buhari’s Response to Boko Haram Insurgency
The Boko Haram insurgency has displaced tens of thousands of residents in the north and 112 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the group’s militants in 2014 are still missing.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari told African Union’s security council meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday that his government is working relentlessly to secure the release of all children and citizens held by terrorists.
Buhari said in a statement said: ”It is for this reason that the Nigerian government has severally condemned and is combating frontally the dreadful activities of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State”.