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Death toll of Boko Haram attack on Borno governor’s convoy rises to 30

Valentine Chinyem



The death toll from Boko Haram attack on the convoy of the Babagana Zulum, the governor Borno State governor has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

Two sources confirmed the news to AFP, saying fatalities from Friday attack had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, five soldiers, four members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and nine civilians.

“The tally has increased to 30 as many bodies were picked in the surrounding areas after the attack,” one of the sources said, adding that “many people were injured”.

Sources had earlier told AFP that the convoy transporting Borno governor Babagana Umara Zulum came under attack near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

A second security source who spoke in anonymity, gave the same death toll of 30 from the assault and said the militants seized eight vehicles.

“The terrorists made away with an armoured personnel carrier, a gun truck and six sports utility vehicles in the convoy,” the source said.

But in a statement by the Police, the attack by suspected jihadists on the “security convoy” had killed eight policemen and three government-backed militia members.

It said 13 other people had been wounded and the attack had been “successfully repelled”.

The governor who was not hurt in the attack, had flown to the area to prepare for the return of residents displaced from Baga by the conflict.

He was driving in the convoy accompanied by government officials under tight security towards Baga ahead of the arrival of the returnees. He however, had to cancel his trip to the town.

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

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 their homes despite concern from aid agencies of the security risks.