Boko Haram Attacks UN Aid Convoy in Borno

UN1Yesterday Thursday 28th 2016, insurgents suspected to be Boko Haram Members attacked a humanitarian aid convoy traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, leaving at least three people injured.

Those in the convoy included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA and IOM. Yesterday UNICEF released a statement saying:

“UNICEF can confirm that a UNICEF employee and an IOM contractor were injured in the attack and are being treated at a local hospital. All other UNICEF, IOM and UNFPA staff are safe,” it said, adding that the United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation.

It said, adding that the United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation.

The statement went ahead to add that the United Nations has temporarily suspended humanitarian assistance missions pending review of the security situation in the State.

 

Spokesperson of the Army; Col Sani Usman, who confirmed the incident said in a statement that;  “Troops returning from Bama on humanitarian escort duty, were ambushed

“Troops returning from Bama on humanitarian escort duty, were ambushed en route Maiduguri by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Meleri village, a few kilometers 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 members of 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.”

Reports say that over 50 Boko Haram suspected insurgents laid siege and opened fire on the convoy. One would expect to see the last of Boko Haram Insurgency as APC Spokesperson; Lai Muhammed said the government has eradicated Boko Haram in the country.

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