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Fulani Bandits block Enugu-Port Harcourt highway, allegedly burn Army van and abduct scores of passengers

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Unknown number of passengers are said to have been abducted after kidnappers suspected of being Fulani herdsmen, blocked the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway between Leru junction and Ihube axis.

According to Vanguard, the gunmen, who numbered around 30 and were heavily armed, abducted the entire occupants of three buses. The heavily armed bandits are said to have attacked a team of soldiers dispatched to the scene in response to a distress call.

They allegedly set fire to the military van and injured two soldiers before herding all occupants of three buses they kidnapped into the bush.

A youth leader in Umunneochi confirmed the incident, saying it had increased anxiety in the community. He claimed that the bandits used the Saturday evening rain to block the highway, causing gridlock that stretched all the way to Leru junction as commuters mistook them for police officers on the roadblock.

According to him, some of the commuters who had alighted to investigate the cause of the gridlock fled when the bandits opened fire on a military van that arrived to help.

He claimed that some people were shot as they fled their vehicles in search of safety.

Fulani Bandits block Enugu-Port Harcourt highway, allegedly burn Army van and abduct scores of passengers

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