Boko Haram bombs bridge linking Nigeria, Chad

The bridge was reportedly bombed on Monday when the Boko Haram gunmen were retreating from the attack on Gamboru Town.‬

Members of the Boko Haram have detonated an explosive that destroyed a highway bridge linking Nigeria and Chad, security sources and witnesses said.‬

‪Hundreds of heavy duty trucks plying the Chad-Nigeria highway along Gamboru-Ngala Local Government conveying commodities from the two countries are now left stranded on either sides of the bridge.‬

‪Though residents say small passenger cars could still make it to either sides as the frames of the old bridge are left hanging in bad shape, traders lament the economic loss they stand to suffer not being able to transport their wares in the nearest future.‬

‪”The Boko-Haram is gradually caging us in, the bridge is the only one that links Gamboru from the other side of Borno and Nigeria as a whole; it has been destroyed. We are in trouble,” said a trader whose shop was completely burnt during the Monday attack on Gamboru that left over 100 people dead.‬

‪An official of the Department of State Security, SSS, in Maiduguri who confirmed the incident said “only small cars can risk crossing over the bridge; any truck or heavily loaded vehicle would definitely go down”.‬

‪The officer who spoke off the record said the bridge was bombed on Monday when the Boko Haram gunmen were retreating from their attack on Gamboru Town.‬

‪”The bridge is located between Gamboru and Logomani villages; the bomb has seriously damaged it; they detonated it on the bridge when they were retreating from Gamboru town as a reinforcement of our troops engaged them in shoot out”.‬

‪Traders whose wares are now trapped on the sides of the bridge now pay more for small vehicles to help them get their wares off the heavy trucks, and across the bridge.‬

‪”It is not only very expensive,  but not every driver would want to spend an hour there because the Boko-Haram gunmen might strike any time in that desert route,” Bukar Awa’ana, a trader said.‬

‪He noted that even before the destruction of the bridge,  trade merchants had lost millions of naira as a result of attacks on commodity trucks.‬

‪”The roads are in bad shape and trucks have to drive very slowly for days to get into Nigeria or out to Chad, and in the process, they suffer serious attacks, our drivers are often killed and the vehicles burnt with the goods in most cases”, lamented Mr. Awa’ana who travels between Nigeria and Chad for his business.


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  • max

    I have already suggested that our border with Cameroon should be closed.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    No retreat, no surrender, but surrender, boko is haram, must

  • AbujaKenneth

    I am disturbed that the Western world is blaming GEJ for the situation in the North despite that the North has held power for a longer time than the South. That even the President State of Bayelsa is not better because of the neglect over the years of the hen that lays the golden egg. More worrisome is the increasing propaganda by the West especially USA against the GEJ administration. Is there something brewing?

    • jonathan

      Is there something brewing? Just the Ogogoro you are preparing for yourself – There is no conspiracy by the West against GEJ

    • huum

      @disqus_fVx9gCbD8u:disqus , get your head out of the sand. The issue is about the Nigerian govt lack of early intervention to rescue the kidnapped girls. So, pay attention to the topic and stop deflecting .GEEEZZZ

    • ninja pikin

      YES KENNETH IT’S JUST THAT THE WESTERN WORLD DON’T THINK LIKE YOU THINK THEY LOOK AT THE FACTS ON THE GROUND AND THEIR MERIT, THE NIGERIAN ARMY HAVE EVERYTHING TO HELP THEM HAVE VICTORY ON THE WAR ON TERROR IS IT THE MONEY, PERSONNEL, ARMS, INTELLIGENCE, SUPPORT, AND CITIZENS PRAYER MENTION IT. WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THESE AND STILL YOU FAIL IT MEANS NO LEADERSHIP AND NO POLITICAL WILL JUST WATCH WHAT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE OF OGA AT THE TOP SAY PESHE THERE WILL BE SOME SORT OF BREAKTHROUGH.

  • Bin Fodio

    Obasanjo and Yar Aduwa are to blame for all this mess and disaster nIgeria has found itself in. As for ‘Yar Aduwa he knew his health situation very well and so shouldn’t have accepted the Presidency in the first place. But he did and now it’s history. As for Obasanjo, in addition to pushing an ailing person, he also forced GEJ into the Villa. I am certain, however, that GEJ is not the best material SS can present to this nation. I believe there must be more refined, more capable, more visionary and more competent individuals than GEJ even from Bayelsa talk less of the whole of SS/SE. In summary it’s the wrong person finding himself in the right place. Obasanjo must repent to God and apologize to Nigeria.

  • Alfa mariners

    president Jonathan by his real age is just in his mid 50th, and the northerners has ruled the country for over fifty years, in actual credulity that means the north started ruling Nigeria when Jonathan was a baby or was not yet born, even as at 1986 when General Babangida was the president Jonathan was just in his 27th to 28th years old student, that is 28 years ago, uptil 1999, the northern oligarchs did not find any means to Educate and empower the northern youth, but today the Self acclaimed invincible northern youth A,k,a, boko haram, are carrying weapons, killing innocent people and destroying life and properties citing lake of education, working empowerment, and opportunities as the precipe for what there are doing, but today the western world are blaming Jonathan, even the northern oligarchs who ruled Nigeria for that numbers of years are blaming Jonathan, wonders shall never end.

    • janjaweed

      or is Nyako right?

      • Alfa mariners

        nyako right about what???

  • RICH

    THOSE ARE SIGNS OF THE END TIME WHICH THE AMERICANS AND THE WESTERN COUNTRIES PREDICTED THAT WILL COME TO PASS IN THE YEAR 2015. KNOW IT THAT THE PREDICTION IS COMING TO PASS. DON’T BLAME PRESIDENT JONATHAN. GOD IS AT WORK AND THE WHITE MEN KNOW IT .THE AMERICANS AND THE WESTERN COUNTRY HAVE COME FOR PEACE KEEPING, KNOWING FULLY WELL WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO AFRICAN COUNTRIES WHEN NIGERIA GOS INTO ABYSS..

  • Bin Fodio

    Have you noticed that the FG is yet to make any statement on this important matter? A whole town ransacked with more than 300 dead and then a bridge linking this country with a neighboring one bombed yet the FG is keeping mute. How sad.

  • oma

    Book haram are coward of the highest. order real men who are warriors do not go after harmless civilians . Abuja have been well fortified for the World economic forum why did they not come out to wage war against the army , tommorow you will hear they have gone after girls , harmless villagers, school children,