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Five Youths Killed In Clash With Soldiers
By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
There was tension in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as five youths were killed when members of the vigilante group, Civilian JTF, clashed with soldiers.
Trouble started when the youths confronted soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army who were escorting a trailer transporting ammunitions from the Maiduguri International Airport.
The youths were said to have blocked major roads in the town for security reasons, with All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, expected for a rally.
As the military convoy made its way to its destination, the youth demanded to inspect the trailer conveying the military wares and when the soldiers refused but they reportedly forced their way.
The soldiers became angry at the apparent show of disrespect and in the ensuing melee, opened fire on the youths, killing five and wounding several.
“They even went a step further to set bonfire which could have caused a massive explosion as the trailer was filled with thousands of explosive,’ an eyewitness said.