- As troops win victories against insurgents, the terrorists are reportedly on the hunt for security personnel in Yobe state
- Eyewitnesses recently recounted how terrorists ambushed commuters while looking for security personnel
- According to a commuter, they were held for an hour along the Damaturu/Gashua road while the insurgents searched
A report by The Guardian has revealed how military, police and government personnel, were hunted by Boko Haram terrorists over the weekend after they ambushed commuters along the Damaturu/Gashua road.
The commuters were attacked by terrorists when they mounted a roadblock at Kaliyari village near Lantewa, east of Yobe state capital, with the rickety army patrol vehicle.
Eyewitnesses recounting their ordeal, said: “The insurgents mounted a checkpoint on the highway and operated freely for more than two hours.”
Abdu Hassan, a commuter from Bayamari, narrating his own experience about the incident that took place within a kilometre of the Damaturu-Gashua road said: “After stopping motorists from both ends of the road, they asked for ID cards.
The insurgents wanted to know whether commuters and drivers are security agents, civil servants or Christians. When we came down, they told us that they were looking for security agents, civil servants, and Christians."
Hassan added that commuters were released after the hunt had lasted for over an hour. Another Kaliyari source who was on a journey from Dapchi explained that he spotted a van in military colour belonging to a vigilance group that ran into the checkpoint. He said they were chased into the bush after terrorists opened fire on motorists and commuters.
He said: “While those ones were operating, others held us from another end of the road. So, I think they were many. I had some documents on me but they were inside my bag in the car.
“They asked us to remove everything from our pockets. We removed everything, but no one was found with an ID card. I told them I am a businessman. They collected my ID card, looked at it and gave it back to me. Our saving grace was that they did not search our vehicle.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) declared that it neutralized some key leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Jubillaram and Alinwa in Borno state.
The NAF director of public relations and information, Ibikunke Daramola, in a statement on Saturday, February 22, said the ISWAP leaders were killed as they assembled for meetings.
Daramola added that they were neutralized in operations conducted on Thursday, February 20. He said the airstrikes were carried out by the air task force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, under the auspices of Operation Rattle Snake III.
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