The Defence Headquarters has confirmed that troops of the 29 Task Force Brigade foiled an attack on the convoy of Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni by terrorists along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road on Saturday.
Recall that Boko Haram terrorists attacked the governor’s convoy on Saturday while returning to Damaturu from Maiduguri, about six kilometres from Benesheikh town.
Governor Buni was not in the convoy when the terrorists ambushed it, but the Secretary to the State Government and some other top government officials who were in the convoy escaped unhurt.
However, a policeman, who was hit by bullets later, died and one military truck driver, four police escorts and one DSS operative wounded in the attack are currently receiving treatment.
Reacting to the incident in a statement on Monday, the DHQ Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba said troops of 29 Task Force Brigade foiled the attack by the terrorists.
Buba stated that the troops also recovered the two vehicles affected in the incident and are conducting a fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.
The DHQ spokesman disclosed that one military truck driver, four police escorts and one DSS operative wounded in the attack were in stable condition.
Buba also revealed that one of the injured police escorts died shortly upon arrival at the Specialists Hospital in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
He said: “Reinforcement of troops from 29 Task Force Brigade led by the Brigade Commander are conducting fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.
“The two vehicles affected in the incident one military MRAP and one civilian escort vehicle whose tyres were shot at during the incident, have been safely recovered to the military camp at Benisheikh.
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