A new report has disclosed how Boko Haram terrorists allegedly deployed a donkey strapped with bombs in the latest attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum.
The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, made the revelation after speaking with some people in the Governors convoy.
Prof. Zulum was on his way to Maiduguri from Baga when his convoy ran into the Boko Haram ambush.
The BBC reported that Zulum was returning from Baga where he had accompanied hundreds of residents who returned to the town they fled in 2014 following deadly jihadist attacks.
‘‘When soldiers saw the donkey on the road, they shot at it. Explosives then went off and the militants immediately came out from their hide-out to open fire on the convoy, an official who was in one of the vehicles in Governor Zulum’s convoy told the BBC.
‘‘A number of insurgents were killed in the ensuing shoot-out. No one in the convoy including the governor was injured but some vehicles were damaged by bullets, the official said.’’
The attack on Sunday, September 27, 2020 came two days after the Borno governor survived earlier Boko Haram ambush. The governor was reportedly on his way to an area near Lake Chad.
Although there are conflicting reports, that about 30 persons were suspected to have lost their lives in that attack. The death toll included a number of policemen and some civilians.
Meanwhile, the BBC attributes Sunday’s attack to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). ISWAP is a splinter group which split from Boko Haram in 2016. The group has ties and pledges allegiance to ISIS in the Middle East.
Equally important, Boko Haram has waged over a decade long insurgency against the Nigerian government. The crisis has taken a huge toll. Thousands of lives have been lost and millions displaced in the North East as a result.