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Nigeria: Boko Haram Attacks UN Aid Convoy in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents yesterday attacked a humanitarian aid convoy traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, leaving at least three people injured.

The convoy included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA and IOM, a statement by UNICEF said yesterday.

“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.

Army spokesman, Col Sani Usman, who confirmed the incident, said in a statement that “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.”

A source at the 7 Div of the Nigerian Army told Daily Trust that over 50 Boko Haram terrorists laid siege on the highway and opened fire on the convoy.

Source: Daily Trust.