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Abducted Bridal Train Rescued From Boko Haram– Sources


A team of military and police have rescued a bridal train abducted by Boko Haram on Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.

The bride and her team was kidnapped by the insurgents on Friday at about 1pm somewhere in Mainok on Damaturu-Maiduguri highway.

They abducted were made to drive their two vehicles into the bush and begin a long journey to destination believed to be Sambisa Forest, Boko Haram stronghold.

The bride was said to have left Maiduguri with her team for the bridegroom’s residence in Damaturu in a convoy of two vehicles.

The insurgents who have continued to lay siege on the highway for days, commandeered the two vehicles conveying the bride and her team into the bush

According to a source, they (the bride and her team) were taken at Mainok along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway at about 1pm yesterday.

The joint team of the military and members of the Borno State Rapid Response Squad (comprising policemen, members of Civilian JTF and local hunters) hotly pursued the insurgents.

After severally kilometres pursuit on the bush path, through Friday night, they were able to get to a spot where the insurgents were holding on to their captives.

The military and security team engaged them in gunfire and were able to rescue the captive, 15 in all, including the two drivers

They were able to tow the vehicles initially conveying the bride back into town and setting the bride and her all female team free.

Speaking on the rescue to our correspondent, the Borno RRS Commander, Abioye Babalola
who led his team to retrieve the abductees, said they went throughout the night on the pursuit of the terrorist group who had abducted a bride and her team on the highway somewhere in Mainok.

He noted that the recovery team was led by an officer of the Nigerian Army, Col. Ajatu with strong presence of soldiers, but “team was on hand to offer assistance.”

He said: “After a long pursuit, we were able to get them freed, but we had to overpower the terrorist group who exchange gunfire with us for several minutes.”

Babalola said: “The bride and her team and two male drivers were freed. In all they were 15 persons free.”

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But other sources said Boko Haram released the bride and bridesmaids a few hours after their abduction along Maiduguri-Damaturu highways.

“The bride’s entourage were travelling to Damaturu to meet the family of the groom after the wedding ceremony was conducted in Maiduguri on Friday,” a source said.

Though some security operatives were dispatched to the area to rescue the kidnapped victims, PRNigeria gathered the Boko Haram terrorists after screening the mobile phones of the members of the wedding party released them and directed them to take a safer route.

The publisher of Neptune Prime, Mallam Hassan Gimba who is a friend to the family of the newly wedded couple confirmed the curious development.

Malam Gimba said that the bride, the bridesmaids, and the entire entourage were released without molestation or ransome payment.

He said they trekked to Mainok where they were picked up by the groom’s family and security personnel. 

ovu: Sunday, 28 February 2021 at 2/28/2021 03:39:00 pm

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