Boko Haram Insurgents Kills Commuters At Aligambori Along Maiduguri-Monguno Road

A screengrab taken on November 9, 2014 from a new Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram fighters parading on a tank in an unidentified town. The leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, dismissed again government claims about ceasefire talks and threatened to kill the man who has presented himself as Boko HaramТs negotiator.  AFP PHOTO / HO / BOKO HARAM

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A screengrab taken on November 9, 2014 from a new Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram fighters parading on a tank in an unidentified town. The leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, dismissed again government claims about ceasefire talks and threatened to kill the man who has presented himself as Boko HaramТs negotiator. AFP PHOTO / HO / BOKO HARAM = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS =

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Boko Haram insurgents has killed some commuters at Aligambori, near Gajiram, along the Maiduguri-Monguno Road in Borno State.

Eyewitnesses said the incident happened on Wednesday, and the casualty figure was yet known as of press time.

According to an eyewitness and driver plying the route said the terrorists also snatched 11 vehicles from drivers and took them to the bush.

He also told our correspondent that they usually mount checkpoints at Aligambori.

Another transporter Abba Monguno said the Maiduguri-Monguno Road had been a nightmare to both drivers and commuters as they were always fearful of being attacked by the insurgents at any of their four checkpoints along the road.

Abba said the insurgents usually operated at will at the checkpoints, looting commuters’ belongings and demanding money from drivers.

He said the four roadblocks along that road are Tuhuba, Kwanan Tsamiya, Aligambori, and Ayikime.
They stop commuters at these checkpoints and rob them of their belongings like phones and money and sometimes they even strip passengers of their clothes.

Abba further stated that despite the discomfort and risk to their lives, they could not stop plying the route because they had to go out to make income to meet their daily needs.

When contacted about the issue, the spokesperson for the Borno Police Command, DSP Okon Edet, referred our correspondent to the Nigerian Army.

However, the spokesperson for Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command and 7 Div Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri, Col Ado Isa, did not take our correspondent’s calls.

He had also yet to reply to a text message sent to his phone number as of press time.

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