Boko Haram insurgents on Sunday night killed 10 stranded passengers at Auno, a village near Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, confirmed this to journalists at the headquarters operation Lafiya Dole Maiduguri on Monday.
General Olusegun Adeniyi said that the passengers were forced to pass the night at Auno village, 24 kilometres away from Maiduguri, due to their inability to meet up with the 5 pm curfew imposed by the Army for travellers.
Although conflicting figures from eyewitnesses said about 30 people died in the attack and no fewer than 18 cars, including heavy-duty trucks, were set ablaze during the attack while an unspecified number of people mostly women and children are also believed to have been abducted.
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Monday accompanied by the Garrison Commander 7 Division, Nigerian Army, visited the scene and sympathized with the victims.