Boko Haram has been blamed for a random gun shooting on convoy of vehicles in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, following the Eid al-Adha celebration.
A local news report said, the attack happened precisely on Saturday at garrison town of Monguno, 140 kilometres (about 85 miles) to the northeast. The gunmen opened fire on the vehicles – with passengers, travelling to Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
One of the witnesses, Kabir Hassan, who is also a bus driver narrated the ordeal and he said the shooting left one person dead and others injured.
“They shot dead a driver and injured two women and a child travelling with him,” he said
Buzznigeria learnt that the victims were traveling to Maiduguri to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on Monday and the vehicles included traders in a pick-up truck packed with rams for the annual ritual sacrifice.
According to another driver, Abba Gana, who arrived shortly after the incident, on hearing the rambling gun shots, the traders scrambled for safety, abandoning their merchandise; goats, ram etc. which were seized by the rebels.
Both witnesses said a car abandoned by fleeing travellers was torched in the attack and the wounded taken to a hospital in Maiduguri for treatment.
The location of the attack – Kulukawuya village, 50 kilometers from Maiduguri – is described as suited on a strategic trade route linking the city to Gamboru on the border with Cameroon.
Boko Haram has terrorised the highway for the past two years making it unsafe for travellers and forcing the military to close the road. The road was recently declared open by Nigerian military as an indication of victory over the insurgents. Although passenger vehicles and trucks laden with goods still drive with a military escort in case of sporadic attacks.