For second time in three days, Boko Haram attacks Zulum’s convoy

For the second time in three days, Boko Haram insurgents attacked the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum.

The latest attack, which occurred on Sunday morning when the convoy was returning to Maiduguri, did not record any death.

The attack happened around 10.30 am on Sunday, about two kilometers away from Baga.

Eye witnesses said that the governor’s convoy was shot at by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

One of them, said, “There was no death recorded this time around except some minor injuries.

“The windscreen of some vehicles was shattered, some vehicles had their tyres busted by gunshots, including the Government House Press Crew bus.

“The military gun truck was also shot at and a soldier had his shoulder scalded with a gunshot.”

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On Friday, an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Friday left about 30 persons dead.

The governor’s convoy was said to have been attacked between Monguno and Baga areas of the state.

Baga town was displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents 21 months ago, with most of the residents taking refuge in Monguno and Maiduguri.

Zulum was on an assessment tour of Baga in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced from the town by the jihadists in 2014.

In July the governor’s convoy came under gun attack from ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.

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A few days ago, the group killed a Nigerian army commander along with three soldiers in an ambush near the town of Damboa.

Civilians plying the highway linking Monguno and the regional capital Maiduguri said the jihadists set up daily checkpoints, robbing, killing and abducting passengers.

The decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and forced over 2 million from their homes, according to AFP.

Most of the displaced have been housed into squalid camps where they depend on food handouts from international charities.

Local authorities have been encouraging the displaced to go back to the homes despite concern from aid agencies of the security risks to which the returnees would be exposed.

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