Timothy Olanrewaju Maiduguri
The police have confirmed at least 11 people killed in an ambush on a convoy conveying some displaced persons, officials and security personnel by Boko Haram insurgents on a highway in Borno on Friday.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Borno Command, Edet Okon, in a statement on Saturday said eight of the policemen and three civilian JTF in the convoy were killed during the ambush.
“In the ensuing gun fight, however, casualties were recorded on both sides. Unfortunately, eight policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price,” the police spokesman said.
He said the ambush on the convoy occurred a few kilometres to Cross Kauwa on Friday at about noon while going to Baga, a town along the Lake Chad, shore for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by the state government.
“On 25th September, 2020 at about 12 noon, the security convoy that was heading to Baga in respect of government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home came under heavy gun attack by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists a few kilometres from Cross Kauwa,” he disclosed.
He said 13 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to hospital for treatment.
However, some security sources said three soldiers and some civilians were also killed in the ensuing gun dwell with the insurgents.