- Boko Haram insurgents kidnap passengers in Borno state
- The chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, charges the counter-insurgency troops to capture Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive
A convoy of about 20 commercial and private vehicles travelling on a major highway in Borno state has been reportedly attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.
The Sun reports that the attack occurred on Saturday, February 17, at about 12pm when the insurgents fired several shots on the convoy of commercial and private vehicles with military escorts at Yeleri, along Maiduguri-Damboa road.
Though the military is yet to confirm the attack, the newspaper, citing sources, said some of the passengers in one of the vehicles might have been kidnapped by the insurgents in the confusion that followed the sporadic gunshots on the convoy.
Meanwhile, the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has again charged troops to capture Abubakar Shekau, the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, alive or dead.
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Buratai, a lieutenant-general, gave the charge at Camp Zairo, the former Command and Control Centre of the terrorists' group in the Sambisa forest during an operational visit to troops.
In 2017, the army chief gave troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau and the army recently offered a N3 million reward for information on him.
Troops finally destroyed the camp in January in an operation tagged 'Deep Punch II' and are now dominating the general area of the forest.
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