On Thursday, August 10, Boko Haram insurgents reportedly killed five people and abducted seven women in an attack on a convoy of vehicles near the town of Banki in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
The attack occurred around 2:30 p.m. and has raised fears of further violence in the area.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram has a history of carrying out similar attacks in the region.
A source who was traveling along the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki route, Babagana Kaumi, told Punch that the convoy of vehicles was ambushed near Banki and that one of the vehicles had developed a fault. The source explained that the soldiers in the convoy focused their attention on repairing the vehicle, leaving the convoy vulnerable to attack.
The source said that the attack left five people dead and seven women abducted.
The source explained that Boko Haram insurgents usually target convoys, robbing them of money and other valuables before letting them go.
However, last Thursday's attack was different as the insurgents killed two people, set the convoy ablaze, and abducted seven women.
The source noted that Boko Haram attacks have become more frequent along the Nigerian-Cameroonian border in recent times. These attacks have caused fear and uncertainty among local residents and travelers.