Buhari pays courtesy visit to victims of Boko Haram attack

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Internet photo

Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday paid a sympathy visit to victims of a Boko Haram attack earlier this week, in which at least 30 people were killed.

Buhari's aircraft landed at an Air Force Base in Maiduguri Wednesday afternoon, on his way from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, where he attended the African Union summit over the weekend and immediately began a state visit to that country.

A presidential spokesman told Xinhua that the president's visit was mainly to condole with the victims' families and meet the state government officials on the incident.

Borno State Governor Babagan Zulum on Monday confirmed at least 30 people killed in the attack by suspected Boko Haram militants late Sunday.

An unknown number of women and children were also abducted while at least 18 vehicles including lorries and others conveying foodstuffs were burned down when the gunmen attacked the Auno community in Konduga local government area of the state.

Several other local residents also sustained injuries during the attack in the community located about 24km north of Maiduguri, the capital of the state.

The gunmen had blocked the major road leading to the Auno community and raiding surrounding villages. Travelers plying the route were among those killed, most of them burned to death. 

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