Scores were left in ‘critical’ condition on Thursday evening as militants of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, attacked a team of United Nations (UN) officials on their way to Bama, Borno State.
The convoy of the officials – who were working for the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) – who were escorted by heavily armed soldiers, came under heavy attack by the Islamic extremists as they highlighted an area close to Bama, under Konduga local government area of Borno State.
A well informed source disclosed to Daily Post that the UN team and other donor agencies were going to an Internally Displaced Persons 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 anti aircraft gun (machine gun mounted on 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 and driver of one of the UN vehicle was hit. The person beside 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 added.
When contacted, Biodun Banire, Public Information Assistant, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said 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”.