About seven Boko Haram terrorists were killed on Friday when the Police and Army repelled an attack on a convoy of some top Borno government officials.
Commissioners for Justice – Kakashehu Lawal; Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement – Mustapha Gubio, and Local Government and Emirates – Sugun Mai-Mele were attacked by the insurgents along Monguno-Nganzai road as they drove from Monguno, where relief materials were distributed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The fighters, on several motorcycle guntrucks, emerged from the bush and shot sporadically but the joint escort team of soldiers and policemen, led by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Muhammed Ibrahim, repelled.
The security forces engaged the sect members in a fierce battle that lasted 15 minutes. Seven insurgents were gunned down, while one was arrested.
The three soldiers injured during the encounter were evacuated to a Hospital in Maimalari for treatment for bullet wounds.
Top government officials are increasingly becoming targets of the deadly insurgents as the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum was attacked three times in three months late last year.
The latest attack was carried out on Gajiram-Monguno road, where seven soldiers and two civilians were killed but the governor escaped unhurt.