By Chuks Ekpeneru
The convoy of the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, on Friday came under another attack by Boko Haram terrorists near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.
The governor was attacked in July by ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.
AFP report said 15 security personnel in the convoy were killed in the latest attack.
However, the governor was said to have flown in a helicopter.
AFP sources indicated that eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed militia were killed in the attack on vehicles in the convoy.
The sources told AFP that the insurgents attacked the convoy with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as they passed through a village close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force, a military coalition of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
“The governor escaped unhurt but 15 security men on the convoy were killed in a fierce battle with the terrorists”, one source said.
The report said the governor visited Baga to inspect the town in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced from the town by the jihadists in 2014.