ISIS terrorists have ambushed the convoy of Babagana Umara Zulumr regional governor of the northeastern Nigeria state of Borno.
Zulumr’s convoy came under attack from the terrorists on September 25 near the town of Baga, right next to Lake Chad.
Initially, Nigerian sources told the France-Press Agency (AFP) that eight policemen, three service members and four civilians were killed in the attack. However, the death toll rose to 30 the next day. Zulumr was not reportedly hurt.
“The tally has increased to 30 as many bodies were picked in the surrounding areas after the attack,” one of the sources told the AFP, adding that “many people were injured.”
A security source told the agency that the terrorists also captured an armored personnel carrier, a gun truck and six sports utility vehicles, which were escorting the convoy.
ISIS in Nigeria, formerly known as “Boko Haram,” is highly active in Borno State, especially in the areas bordering Lake Chad.
In the last few months, the Nigerian military stepped up its operations in Borno to address the terrorist group’s growing threat. On September 25 and 26, the air force carried out a series of airstrikes on the group’s hideouts in Bula Sabo, Dole, Tongule, Bone and Isari Musa.
OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE: AIR TASK FORCE LAUNCHES SUBSIDIARY OPERATION HAIL STORM 2, DESTROYS TERRORISTS’ HIDEOUTS, NEUTRALIZES SEVERAL FIGHTERS AT BULA SABO, DOLE IN BORNO STATEhttps://t.co/FElINBJg7i pic.twitter.com/fs2WvetgFF
— DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA (@DefenceInfoNG) September 25, 2020
OPERATION HAIL STORM 2: AIR TASK FORCE NEUTRALIZES SCORES OF TERRORISTS, INFLICTS MASSIVE DAMAGE TO THEIR CAMPS AT TONGULE, BONE AND ISARI MUSA IN BORNO STATE https://t.co/S7BRYckaQr pic.twitter.com/dz4pOLUSRe
— DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA (@DefenceInfoNG) September 26, 2020
The lack of effective coordination between Nigeria and the other countries neighboring Lake Chad is allowing ISIS terrorists to thrive in the region.
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