- About 5 traders have been killed by Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush on a highway
- The first convoy of vehicles carrying immigration officials on the border with Cameroon, to the city of Maiduguri when they came under fire
- Three officers were hit and injured in the fire exchange
About 5 traders have been killed by Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush on a highway in the northeast that was recently reopened after coming under repeated attack from the Islamist group.
A military source on Wednesday, August 17, said a convoy of vehicles carrying immigration officials and a group of traders were travelling from Gamboru, on the border with Cameroon, to the city of Maiduguri when they came under fire on Monday.
An army officer who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity said: "Three (immigration) officers were hit and injured in the fire exchange. The immigration men drove off towards Maiduguri, leaving the traders behind,"
The five traders had joined the official convoy thinking it would be a safer way to reach the Borno state capital than travelling the notorious road alone.
The highway was closed for safety reasons at the height of the Boko Haram unrest some two years ago, but was reopened by the Nigerian authorities following a string of successes against the militants.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army has eliminated 16 Boko Haram insurgents at Kangarwa, Borno state, Hand and bomb grenades, AK-47 rifles and magazines, mortar tubes, a gionee handset and a bandolier were recovered.