The Boko Haram terrorist group, Sunday, launched an attack on motorists in Monguno area of Borno State, which left one person dead.
According to reports, gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram opened fire on a convoy of vehicles travelling to the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, from the garrison town of Monguno.
“They shot dead a driver and injured two women and a child travelling with him,” said bus driver, Kabir Hassan, who arrived at the scene shortly after the attack.
The victims were heading to Maiduguri to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on Monday and the vehicles included traders in a pick-up truck packed with rams for the annual ritual sacrifice.
The traders abandoned their animals when the shooting started and the rams were seized by the rebels, said driver, Abba Gana, who collaborated the death of one person.
A car abandoned by fleeing travellers was set ablaze in the attack, and the wounded taken to hospital in Maiduguri for treatment, Hassan and Gana said.
The scene of the attack, Kulukawuya village is 50 kilometres from Maidugurl, and it is on a strategic trade route linking the city to Gamboru on the border with Cameroon.
In the last two years Boko Haram has carried out near daily deadly attacks on motorists on the highway, making the road unsafe for travellers and forcing the military to later close the road.
But it was declared open again in July and hailed as an indication of military success in pushing the insurgents into the semi-desert wilderness of the Borno countryside.