Deadly Gun Attack On Nigeria Wedding Convoy

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Deadly Gun Attack On Nigeria Wedding Convoy

Gunmen have attacked a wedding convoy in Nigeria, killing more than 30 people including the groom.

Islamic militants were blamed for the ambush on the notorious Bama-Banki road in the northeastern state of Borno.

The road runs alongside forests which are a known hideout for Boko Haram fighters.

The group has previously said it is fighting to create an Islamic state, although it is believed to be made up of different factions with varying aims.

Witnesses said the wedding party was returning to the state capital Maiduguri after a ceremony in Michika in nearby Adamawa state when the gunmen struck.

It is not known whether the bride or her family were caught up in the attack.

One driver, who did not wish to be named, said he saw dead bodies lying on the road.

“It was a gory scene,” he told the AFP news agency. “All the victims were brutally murdered by the attackers.”

Violent attacks are not uncommon in Borno, where an army offensive to drive out insurgents is under way.

Last month, suspected extremists attacked a military checkpoint, reportedly killing at least four members of the security forces.

A state of emergency was declared in May following an increase in violence.

Source: AFP  news agency

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