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ISWAP fighters abduct scores, free Muslims, detain Christians in Borno

Armed members of insurgents to be members of the Islamic State West Africa Province on Tuesday evening laid ambush along Maiduguri-Tamsu Kawu-Ngamdu-Damaturu road and abducted several passengers aboard 8 commercial and private vehicles.

According to reports, the incident took place close to the crossing point of terrorists near a bridge between Tamsu Kawu and Ndamdu town at about 3 pm.

According to sources, most of the victims who were taken to a nearby river, were released after reciting some verses in the Muslim faith, except three persons suspected to be Christian’s who failed to do so, as they were detained at the time other victims were asked to go back.

Tamsu Kawu is just about 80km drive from Maiduguri and located north-west, which has hitherto been razed down, before the former governor Kashim Shettima spent millions of naira, reconstructed and resettled it.

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One of the victims a retired Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Borno State who did not want his name mentioned said, “it was when I was interrogated and the terrorists learnt that I was a diabetic patient, coupled with my old age that saved me, as the Commander of the terrorists told his members to allow me to join those who were set free at about 7 pm.”

He revealed that the terrorists during interrogations told them that they were among those who participated in the bloody killing of leader of Boko Haram sect, late Abubakar Shekau, adding that, they are members of the ISWAP group who are determined to protect the rights of innocent civilians.

“I have to thank Allah (God) for saving us from the hands of terrorists today.

“Our vehicle came into road ambush where several passengers and motorists aboard 8 different vehicles were abducted and taken to a nearby river at about 3 pm.

“After series of interrogations, many of us were released accept three persons who were detained for reason not based known to us.

“The terrorists after interrogating us said that they were amongst those who killed Abubakar Shekau. They also said that they are out to protect all innocent civilians, except those who chose to follow different faith or identified as infidels,” he said.

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