Witnesses recount gory attack on wedding convoy 

 Witnesses and survivors have recounted how gunmen, believed to be Boko Haram members, attacked a wedding convoy in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, killing more than 30 people including the groom.
The convoy was ambushed by the gunmen.
The attack took place Saturday on the notorious Bama-Banki road when the wedding revellers, including friends and relatives of the groom, were returning to the state capital Maiduguri after the ceremony in Michika, in nearby Adamawa State, they said.
“It was a gory scene,” said Kyari Buba, a driver, adding that he had seen more than 30 dead bodies on the side of the road following the attack.
“I was in the middle of the convoy when the gunmen attacked and I was able to stop the vehicle in time to open the door and run into the bush along with the people I was with,” he said.
“When we returned long after the gunmen were gone we met a gory scene with more than 30 people shot dead or slaughtered,” he told AFP.
“All the victims were brutally murdered by the attackers,” he said, describing his shock at the sight of the bodies.
A survivor and friend of the groom, Japhet Haruna, 36, recounted his escape from the assailants.
“I wonder how I and few other people survived the onslaught because it was well coordinated. I was in the fifth vehicle in the convoy and when I realised that the attackers were out to kill, I ran into the bush,” he said.
“I believe it is God that saved me and (a) few others from their bullets. They targeted everybody in the convoy — Muslims, Christians and children,” said Haruna, adding that the escape “was miraculous”.
Haruna said there were about 50 people in the convoy and that he suspected Boko Haram for the attack.
The fate of the bride and her family members was still unknown.
An army spokesman in the region said in a statement late Sunday: “The report received from our troops indicated that some terrorists attacked a bus at Bulakuri village and killed five persons.”
The bodies were taken to Bama, Captain Muhammad Dole added in the statement.
Violent attacks are not uncommon in northeastern Nigeria, where the army launched an offensive in May to end a deadly insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists.
Boko Haram has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state but the group is believed to be made up of different factions with varying aims.
A string of attacks in recent months has cast doubt on the success of the military’s campaign. Some of the violence has targeted vigilante groups which have formed to help the military.
Boko Haram chief claims earlier attack
Boko Haram is known to have staged past attacks along the Bama-Banki road, a key artery in the region.
Saturday’s ambush came just over a week after suspected Boko Haram fighters launched a coordinated assault on security forces in nearby Damaturu, state capital of Yobe.
In a new video, Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader claimed he personally led the attack, in which 35 Nigerian soldiers were killed.
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