A 15-year-old boy was feared dead when terrorists attacked motorists on the Jibia-Batsari highway in Katsina State.
The deceased, simply known as Musa Yahuza, was one of many travellers, mostly traders, returning from the Jibia weekly market on Sunday evening.
Seven people were reportedly injured as a result of the attack, which lasted about 30 minutes and is currently being treated at Katsina State’s Federal Teaching Hospital.
Although security agencies in the state have yet to confirm the incident, an eyewitness told Channels Television on Monday over the phone that security forces repelled the attack and prevented the insurgents from entering the town.
“The terrorists opened fire on the vehicles when the drivers refused to stop, thereby killing the young boy and injuring seven traders on the spot,” a person who witnessed the incident said.
It was also reported that the terrorists burned down two Peugeot J5 buses.
Sabi’u Maitan, Chairman of the Jibia Local Government Area, reportedly ordered the victims’ immediate evacuation to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Katsina for medical treatment.
For several years, the always-busy Jibia-Batsari Road has been one of Katsina’s most vulnerable roads, with terror activities taking place there.