At least 20 persons, mostly travellers, who were stranded outside the military-controlled entrance gate of Maiduguri were on Sunday night killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, confirmed the gruesome massacre of the travelers on Monday when he visited the site of the attack in Auno, a village 24km away from Maiduguri city centre.
The insurgents also reportedly abducted many travellers mostly women after setting vehicles ablaze.
Recently, soldiers of the Nigerian military in Borno State erected a gate that they lock at the curfew time, which is 6 pm.
Often, long distant travellers are forced to spend the night outside the barricade till 6.a.m. the next day, when the gates are opened.
The military mounted gates, designed to check the…