Some officials of United Nations, UN, were on Thursday attacked on Thursday by Boko Haram.
According to Dailypost, the team, who were escorted by a heavily armed soldiers, were attacked by the terrorist group, on their way to Bama.
A source, who spoke with Dailypost on Thursday night, revealed that the officials who were working for the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, who were on their way to an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Bama on an intervention mission, came under attack at an area close to Bama, under Konduga local government area of Borno State. They were said to be moving food and drugs to IDPs.
Boko Haram fighters numbering over 50, armed with anti aircraft gun (machine gun mounted on open truck), suddenly emerged just after Kawuri village and rained bullets on the UN motorcade
One of the officials confided in me that the soldiers saved the day. They fought with everything they had until Boko Haram retreated into the bush. This would have been a great embarrassment to Nigeria.
Four of the soldiers and and driver of one of the UN vehicle was hit. The person beside the driver took control of the vehicle. If not, it would have been disastrous for the occupants.
Some officials sustained minor injuries, no lives lost. All survivors are presently at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital”, the source stated.
Army spokesman, Col Sani Usman, also sent a statement on the issue saying:
Troops returning from Bama on humanitarian escort duty, were ambushed enroute Maiduguri by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Meleri village, a few kilometres from Kawuri.
The gallant troops, however, successfully cleared the ambush and exploited up to Afunori.
Unfortunately, 2 soldiers and 3 civilians were wounded in the ambush, among whom were staff of United Nations agencies and other international humanitarian organizations.
The wounded have been evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri and they are in stable condition
The Nigerian Army wishes to sympathize with our wounded colleagues, the United Nations and other Non-governmental organizations whose personnel were also injured in this sad incident.
We wish to reiterate our determination and commitment to ensuring safety and security in the North East and safeguarding the lives of all persons.
Biodun Banire, Public Information Assistant, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, confirmed the news saying:
I just got the information, there was an attack. Our officials and soldiers were attacked but no casualty.
All responding to treatment. I can’t say more than this. I will provide an update later