Thirty people were killed on Friday in an ambush by Boko Haram militants against a convoy carrying the governor of Borno State (northeastern Nigeria), according to a report released Saturday by security sources.
The ambush which took place in the Lake Chad region saw thirty people killed on Friday September 25 in a Boko Haram attack on a convoy carrying the governor of Borno State, Governor Babagana Zulum.
A previous report established on Friday reported fifteen dead were dead including five security personnel. The latter has doubled according to two security sources.
They said twelve police officers, five soldiers, nine civilians and four members of a militia supported by the government were among the victims.
“The tally rose to 30 because many bodies were found in the area after the attack,” said one of the sources, adding that “many people were injured.”
A convoy of vehicles from the governor of Borno State, Babagana Umar Zulum, near the town of Baga on the shore of Lake Chad, was ambushed on Friday by Boko Haram fighters linked to the Islamic State. The governor, according to security sources, is safe and sound.
On Saturday, another security source also reported 30 dead in the attack, adding that the insurgents had seized eight vehicles.
“The terrorists fled with an armored personnel carrier, a truck with guns and six utility vehicles which were in the convoy,” the source said.
Police said in a statement that the attack on the “security convoy” left eight police officers dead and three members of a government-backed militia were killed. Police also said thirteen people were injured, saying the attack was “successfully repelled”.
The governor of Borno State was on a trip to Baga in preparation for the return of thousands of residents driven from the city by the Boko Haram in 2014. He was evacuated by helicopter to the garrison town of Monguno, 60 kilometers away, and joined Baga in a high security convoy, said one of the sources.
The roads that cross Borno State are dangerous due to the presence of terrorist from the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and their rivals from Boko Haram , who are setting up roadblocks, kill or kidnap travelers.
More than 36,000 people have been killed since 2009 in the violence in the region and more than 2 million people still cannot return to their homes.
The United Nations estimates that nearly 7 million people depend on humanitarian aid to survive in the Lake Chad region, a region on its knees after ten years of conflict against terrorist groups.