A team of United Nations, UN, officials were attacked on Thursday by Boko Haram, according to reports coming from our source
The officials’ convoy, escorted by heavily armed soldiers, came under heavy attack as they made their way to Bama.
An impeccable source told our correspondent Thursday night that the officials, working for the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, were ambushed at an area close to Bama, under Konduga local government area of Borno State.
Konduga is less than 30 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The UN team, it was learnt, and other donor agencies were going to an Internally Displaced Person camp in Bama on an intervention mission
The delegation was moving food items and drugs to the IDPs.
“Boko Haram fighters numbering over 50, armed with an anti-aircraft gun (machine gun mounted on an open truck), suddenly emerged just after Kawuri village and rained bullets on the UN motorcade,” said the source.
“One of the officials confided in me that the soldiers saved the day. They fought with everything they had until Boko Haram retreated into the bush. This would have been a great embarrassment to Nigeria.
“Four of the soldiers and driver of one of the UN vehicle was hit. The person besides the driver took control of the vehicle. If not, it would have been disastrous for the occupants.
“Some officials sustained minor injuries, no lives lost. All survivors are presently at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital”, the source stated.
When contacted, Army spokesman, Col Sani Usman, told our correspondent on phone that he will get back.
Also, Biodun Banire, Public Information Assistant, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told our source that he had just heard the news.
“I just got the information, there was an attack. Our officials and soldiers were attacked but no casualty.
“All responding to treatment. I can’t say more than this. I will provide an update tomorrow morning”.