Insecurity: Army Reacts To Boko Haram Attack On Zulum, Lauds Troops

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Insecurity: Army Reacts To Boko Haram Attack On Zulum, Lauds Troops - Vantage News Nigeria
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The Nigerian Army, on Saturday, praised its troops for “successfully” repelling the attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum by Boko Haram insurgents.

Zulum’s convoy was attacked by Boko Hram fighters on Friday while heading to Baga to finalise plans to return Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to the town, VANTAGE NEWS reported.

The attack which occurred between Monguno and Baga areas of the state left mainly security personnel comprising police men, soldiers Civilian Joint Task Force members, and some civilians  dead.

The Army through a statement titled ‘Attack on convoy of Borno State civilian relocation committee by Boko Hara/ISWAP elements,’ stated that the convoy was ambushed by the insurgents at Barwati village.

It also said that the ambush was successfully repelled by the troops, noting that 3 vehicles carted away by the insurgents were recovered.

The statement was signed by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations of the Defence Headquarters, John Enenche.

It read “The convoy of the Borno State Civilians Relocation Committee comprising Armed Forces of Nigeria, Nigeria Police Force and Civilian Joint Task Force was ambushed by members of the BHT/ISWAP at Barwati village on 25 of September 2020.

“The attack/ambush was however successfully repelled by the gallant troops. Sadly, a total of 18 lives including 4 soldiers, 10 Policemen and 4 civilians were lost during the sad incident.

“Troops on hot pursuit of the insurgents successfully recovered 3 vehicles. Two of the vehicles belonging to the Nigeria Police that were earlier carted away by the terrorists during the attack. Similarly, one BHT gun truck was also captured.

“The casualties recorded were as a result of the explosion from the multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted on the road by the terrorists.

“The Nigerian Army has since deployed bomb and IED disposal teams to ensure effective route scanning and clearance to forestall future occurrence.”

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