YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A government spokesman says suspected Islamic militants attacked a wedding convoy in northeast Nigeria and killed more than 30 people including the groom.
Adamawa state spokesman Ahmad Sajoh said the wedding ceremony had taken place in Firgi village in neighboring Borno state and the groom and guests were driving home to Adamawa when they were attacked Saturday on the highway between Bama and Gwoza towns in Borno. That road runs alongside forests that are a known hideout of Islamic militants from the Boko Haram terrorist network.
Last week suspected extremists attacked a military checkpoint on the road and witnesses said they killed at least four security force members.
Attacks continue though the military has driven insurgents from major towns in the northeast under a more than 5-month-old state of emergency.