Sunday, November 3, 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen kill groom, 30 guests in wedding convoy

At least 30 people including a bride, groom and their family members were killed in an attack by gunmen who laid ambush along a highway linking Nigeria's northeastern states of Adamawa and Borno.

But a minibus taxi driver said he passed many bodies on the Firgi highway road near Firgi village, where the wedding ceremony took place Saturday.

"We saw a lot of dead bodies killed by gunshots and some by the roadside that appeared to have been slaughtered" with their throats slit, the driver, who asked to be identified only as Shaibu, told reporters Sunday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Shaibu said his terrified passengers wanted to turn back, but "I took the risk ... and said God is in control."

"The sight of bullet-riddled bodies of other victims of the massacre was one that drew tears," said Luqman Rabiu, a commuter bus driver who assisted in conveying bodies of the victims.

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