By Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
September 27, 2020
News created on September 26.
Photo courtesy of local Nigerian news.
Jihadist fighters associated to the Islamic State group – Boko Haram on Friday night killed several security personnel in an ambush on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umar Zulum, near Baga town on the shores of Lake Chad.
Eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed security were killed in the attack on vehicles conveying Borno State Governor, Prof Zulum.
The insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force, a military coalition of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
According to sources who were talking on the condition of anonymity, “The Governor escaped unhurt but 15 security men on the convoy were killed in a fierce battle with the terrorists”, one source said.
“Governor 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”, the sources said.
“The Governor flew on a helicopter into the garrison town of Monguno, 60 kilometres (40 miles) away, and headed to Baga in a convoy under tight security”, one of the sources said.
The IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group maintains most of its camps on islands in Lake Chad and the region is known as a bastion for the jihadists.
The militant group has recently intensified attacks on military and civilian targets in the region.
In July this year, Governor Zulum’s convoy was attacked with firearms from ISWAP outside Baga, compelling him to cancel his trip to the town.