UN aid workers wounded in Boko Haram ambush in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants ambushed a convoy of United Nations humanitarian aid workers in Borno State of Nigeria on Thursday (28 July), leaving two Nigerian soldiers and three civilians, including UN aid workers, injured, a Nigerian army spokesman said.

The convoy was returning from Bama, a town in Borno, after providing relief material to some displaced locals when they were attacked by the Islamists reports the International Business Times.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Nigerian army spokesman, said the attack took place when the convoy was on its way to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, from Bama. “Troops returning from Bama on humanitarian escort duty, were ambushed en route to Maiduguri by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Meleri village, a few kilometres from Kawuri,” Usman said in an email statement.

“The gallant troops, however, successfully cleared the ambush. Unfortunately, two soldiers and three civilians were wounded in the ambush, among whom were staff of United Nations agencies and other international humanitarian organisations.

“The wounded have been evacuated to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, and they are in stable condition,” he added.

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