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Only 5 Persons Killed In Wedding Convoy Attack In Borno Village, Says Army


… Adamawa Says Incident Didn’t Occur Within Its Territory

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, NOVEMBER 03, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army on Sunday said there was no iota of truth in a media report that 30 persons were killed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen at a border village between Borno and Adamawa States.

The Boko Haram insurgents were said to have attacked a convoy of cars conveying a wedding crew from Michika at Bama-Banki-Firgi axis of the highway. The report said all crew were murdered at a location within Adamawa State.

But the Nigerian army and Adamawa State Government have both refuted the reports insisting that the incident occurred in Borno State.

Adamawa state Government spokesman, Mr. Ahmad Sajoh, said the wedding ceremony had taken place in Firgi village in neighboring Borno state and the groom and guests were driving home to Adamawa when they were attacked Saturday on the highway between Bama and Gwoza towns in Borno.

However, a statement issued by the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army Maiduguri on Sunday also said only five persons were killed instead of 30 as widely reported in the media.

The statement signed by the spokesman of the 7 Division Maiduguri, Lt.-Col. Mohammed Dole, said: “Please be informed that the media report on the alleged killing of 30 persons is false.”

While admitting that five persons were killed after an attack on a bus at a village called Bulakuri in Bama headquarters of Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State, Dole confirmed that: “There was actually an attack on a bus at Bulakuri village resulting in the killing five persons and not 30 as indicated in the report. The corpses of the victims are in Bama and not Maiduguri as stated in the report.”