- Boko Haram continues to carry out pockets of attacks in Borno state
- The latest attack has left two people dead
- The insurgents attacked a convoy of about 200 vehicles along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway
The police command in Borno has confirmed the death of two persons in a suspected Boko Haram attack along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway.
Mr Damian Chukwu, the Borno police commissioner, who confirmed this on Tuesday, June 20, said that the dead persons included a police man and a truck driver, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“You would recall that since the Maiduguri-Damboa highway was reopened, motorists ply the road strictly on military escort.
“Initially it was only the military that provides the escort, but later the police was invited to join,” Chukwu said.
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He said that the convoy left Maiduguri with the military in the front while the police was at the rear.
“The convoy had about 200 vehicles among which included an 80-seater bus conveying a newly deployed mobile police unit from Oghara in Delta heading for Askira Uba one of the newly liberated communities.
“The convoy also had a burial party of a late special investigation bureau police woman who died last week,” Chukwu said.
He added: “The convoy started moving around 10:30 pm and by 11:30 we got information that they were ambushed around Abari-Dalwa village about 30 kilometres from Maiduguri.
“Six of the mobile police men in the bus were injured, but as I speak to you they are responding to treatment at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.”
Chukwu said that non of the policemen lost their weapons to the attackers.
He, however, said that a policeman in the vehicle conveying the burial party for the deceased policewoman died during the attack.
“A police Sgt. Bala Tiishe was killed in the vehicle. A civilian, Mustapha Modu, driving a truck was also killed,” Chukwu said.
He said all other policemen in the convoy were unhurt.
Some eyewitnesses told journalists in Maiduguri that the convoy was ambushed around Dalwa village by suspected terrorists using anti aircraft guns and heavy weapons.
Malam Bala Wambai, a traveller who witnessed the attack, said that the attack happened around 11:30pm.
“The terrorists decided to attacked the convoy from the rear after the military escort had passed around Dalwa.
“They specifically targeted a Borno state government school bus conveying some mobile policemen,” Wambai said.
He said a number of police men were injured in the attack which lasted about 30 minutes.
“Our vehicle was just few meters away from the bus conveying the police men, so we all ran into the bush for cover.
“When we came back we discovered that a large number of them were injured while many were missing,” Wambai said.
Mr John Yusuf, another traveller, said that the attackers were eventually chased away by a combined team of soldiers and policemen who responded to distress calls by the victims.
“We saw them evacuating two corpses after the attack,” Yusuf said.(NAN)
Online newspaper, Sahara Reporters however claims 16 police officers are missing after the incident.
Another report by The Cable claims that at least 57 policemen fled the scene and they are yet to be accounted for
An officer who witnessed the attack said his colleagues who took cover were yet to be found.
He said men from the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) deployed to rescue the officers have not been able to rescue all of them.
Meanwhile, the Adamawa state government has revealed that Boko Haram terrorists now pretend to be epileptic or stomach pain patients, attracting a large number of people to gather and express sympathy, only to detonate a bomb later.
The state government, while urging Nigerians to be careful of the new tactics, said it has embarked on advocacy across the state to educate parents to also teach their children not to collect gift from people they don't know.
Watch a video report of the recently released Chibok girls by Boko Haram on NAIJ.com TV below: