Troops of the 29 Task Force Brigade has foiled an attack on the convoy of Yobe Governor, Mai Mala, the Defence Headquarters disclosed on Monday.
According to a statement by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, the attack was attempted by terrorists along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road on Saturday.
The Director further said one military truck driver, four police escorts and one DSS operative wounded in the attack were in stable condition.
However, Buba said one of the injured police escorts died shortly upon arrival at the Specialists Hospital Damaturu.
He added that the troops also recovered two vehicles affected in the incident.
“Reinforcement of troops from 29 Task Force Brigade led by the Brigade Commander are conducting a fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.
“The two vehicles affected in the incident include, one military MRAP and one civilian escort vehicle whose tyres were shot at during the incident, have been safely recovered to the military camp at Benisheikh.
“Operations are ongoing to hunt and destroy the terrorists that perpetrated the attack,” he said.
Recall that the governor’s convoy was ambushed by terrorists while returning to Damaturu from Maiduguri, about 6 kilometres from Benesheikh town on Saturday.
The governor was not in the convoy when it was ambushed.
The Secretary to the State Government and some other top government officials who were in the convoy were unhurt.