Degraded and technically defeated Jihadists sneaked Auno, a Maiduguri village Sunday night and allegedly killed at least 30 people, and afterwards, abducted women and children.
An AFP report which posited that the jihadist were not in a hurry to execute the raid in northeast Nigeria’s restive Borno state village, noted that they particularly set ablaze several vehicles, leaving a seriously pathetic carnage behind.
The jihadists stormed in on trucks mounted with heavy weapons, killing, burning and looting before kidnapping women and children, state government spokesman Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi, indicated on Monday.
Auno village is a key highway transit point, and a link to regional capital Maiduguri.
The report stated that they aimed at travellers who had stopped for the night and freely torched vehicles, killed “not less than 30 people who are mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles”.
According to Bundi, after visiting the scene: the attack occurred some 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Maiduguri, in an area where fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have been active, mounting roadblocks to target security forces and civilians.
Witnesses said the jihadists set alight 30 vehicles in the raid, including trucks that had stopped overnight on their way to Maiduguri.
Auno lies on the 120-kilometre highway linking Maiduguri to Damaturu, a major regional city in neighbouring Yobe state.
“Many of the drivers and their assistants who were sleeping in the vehicles were burnt alive,” civilian militia fighter, Babakura Kolo also told AFP, adding that the jihadists combed through the village, looting and burning shops and property before withdrawing, he said.
The highway has been increasingly targeted by ISWAP militants in recent months.
The surge has followed the creation of so-called “super camps” by the Nigerian military in the northeast — a strategy under which small army camps have withdrawn from several areas and combined into fewer, larger bases.
Last month four Nigerian soldiers were killed and seven injured when the jihadists attacked troops positioned in Auno.
The decade-long Islamist insurgency has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes in northeast Nigeria.
The violence has spread to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.