YOLA, Nigeria – Residents and officials say Islamic extremists blew up a bridge, killed an unknown number of people and abducted the wife and two children of a retired police officer in northeast Nigeria.
Local government chairman Abawu James Watharda said no one could count the dead because 3,000 survivors have fled Liman Kara.
Fleeing residents say the insurgents blew up the bridge that links the states of Adamawa and Borno that are under a military state of emergency to halt an Islamic uprising. That would cut off any military vehicles attempting a hot pursuit.
Militants Monday destroyed a bridge linking Nigeria to neighboring Chad.
There were no details about the abducted children. The extremists have sparked international outrage by holding 276 girls kidnapped from a school near Borno's border with neighboring Cameroon.