Following an ambush attack by suspected Boko Haram on a convoy of Borno officials travelling to Baga town, at least 15 security personnel comprising eight policemen, three soldiers and four Civilian-JTF personnel were reportedly on Friday.
The deadly attack came four days after a colonel, D.C. Bako died after another ambush by Boko Haram terrorists.
The attacked officials, according to sources familiar with the attack, were heading to Baga town ahead of the government’s planned return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Maiduguri to the camps.
A battery of armed soldiers and police officers, as well as Civilian-JTF personnel, were deployed to provide escort to the officials.
The convoy ran into an ambush by Boko Haram at a spot called Korochara, which is about 2km away from the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force on the way to Baga from Monguno.
“Seven policemen, four C-JTF members and three soldiers died instantly as the insurgents rained bullets on the unsuspecting members of the convoy,” an official of the Borno state government who wouldn’t want to be named has said.
The source said the attack happened at about 2 pm, as inside sources said that the terrorist seized away with one APC police armor car, one gun truck belonging to the military and 6 government vehicles.
Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, who is expected to supervise the arrival of the IDPs at Baga, had left Maiduguri earlier in the day via a military chopper.
The Borno State government and the security agencies whose personnel were affected are yet to officially comment on the attack.