Boko Haram Fighters Ambush Convoy Of Pilgrims

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A convoy of pilgrims on their way to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir festival in Maiduguri, were ambushed by suspected Boko Haram forces, leaving one person dead.

The convoy was reported to be travelling on Saturday from Monguno to Maiduguri, a distance of about 137 km, to celebrate Sallah when gunmen opened fire.

According to an eyewitness, the driver of one vehicle was killed, and two women and a child in his vehicle were injured.

The convoy included vehicles laden with rams, animals to be used for the festival, which were seized by the insurgents.

The incident occurred on a strategic road where Boko Haram carried out attacks on travellers nearly daily, until Nigerian forces closed the road.

The government reopened it in July as an indication the Islamic State-aligned group had been pushed from the area and into the deserts of Borno.

Passenger vehicles and trucks with goods aboard still typically travel the route with military escorts, but there was no indication the religious pilgrims had any government-supplied protection.

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