Boko Haram Ambushes Humanitarian Convoy, Injures UN Staff

The Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, operating in the North Eastern part of the country, Thursday, ambushed troops of the Nigerian Army on an escort mission.
The convoy on humanitarian mission-to deliver food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri- was ambushed at Bala, about 85 kilometres to Maiduguri.
The spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Usan, confirmed the incident in a statement late Thursday.
According to Sani, “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, two soldiers and three 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 the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, and they are in stable condition.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to sympathize with our wounded colleagues, the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations whose personnel were also injured in this sad incident.
“We wish to reiterate our determination and commitment to ensuring safety and security in the North East and safeguarding the lives of all persons.”
This as the MultiNational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF), also said on Thursday that its troops have captured and occupied Damasak, a town in the North-East state of Borno, a strong hold of Boko Haram.
Damasak is a boundary town between Nigeria and Niger Republic and is located in Northern Borno. It is one of the last frontiers of the Boko Haram terrorists.
The MNJTF is a combined multinational force, made up of soldiers from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. The force is based in N’Djamena, Chad, and is mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Chief Military Public Information Officer and spokesperson of MNJTF, Col. Muhammad Dole, in a brief statement, said the troops also cleared the terrorists from the surrounding villages.
“In continuation with clearance operation of the towns and villages by MNJTF, the troops of Sector 4 in Diffa, Niger Republic successfully cleared Sure village, captured and occupied Damasak town today by 1000hrs.
“The forces are coordinating to stabilize the immediate environs. The gallant troops fought their way into the town with Close Air support by combined Air Operation from MNJTF member states.
“While Operation Lafiya Dole is conducting operation to link up with Sector 4 at the location, the troops’ morale remains very high.”

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