Unic Press UK: Circa thirty members of the public were murdered, and many vehicles, set ablaze, on Sunday night along a major motorway at Auno town, Borno State, in the northeast region of Nigeria by terrorists suspected to be members of Boko Haram – an Islamic terrorist group promoting Jihad, several local news outfits in Nigeria reported.
According to Borno State government official Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi, the terrorists armed with heavy weapons mounted on trucks ambushed innocents along the highway, and opened fire, killing and looting.
The people killed were taking refuge along the major highway – some were even asleep when terror struck – as they could not pass through a military-erected gate usually under lock on a daily basis from 1800 hrs to 0600 hrs to restrict movement in the terror-prone area of Borno State, the Premium Times, Nigeria, reported.
It is estimated that about 40,000 people have been killed by the terrorists, and more than two million displaced from their ancestral homes. Hundreds, including women and children have been abducted.
In a statement Monday, the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, blamed the Nigeria military. He said:
“I am being pushed to the wall to say the truth. Since my inauguration as the governor of Borno State from May 29th to date, Auno town has been attacked for about six times now. And the reason is that the military has withdrawn from Auno town. We have made repeated plea to the military to re-establish a base in Auno since it is one of the flash-points of the Boko Haram, but nothing has been done to that effect. There were no soldiers here; they have all withdrawn. We are not being confrontational or undermining the capacity of the Nigerian military, but the fact is that we have made several attempts for the Nigeria military to establish their unit in Auno but nothing was done. As soon as it is 5 o’clock and they closed up their gate, they abandon the people and move over to Maiduguri. You have to tell us if you are willing to establish your unit in Auno or not”, the Premium Times reported.