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    Wednesday, 21 June 2017

    Suspected Boko Haram Militants Ambush 200-Vehicle Convoy, 2 Killed

    Boko Haram fighters. Photo - nan
    SUSPECTED militant Islamists have ambushed a convoy of about 200 vehicles on a major highway in north-eastern Nigeria, killing a police officer and a truck driver, the local Vanguard newspaper has quoted police as saying.

    The convoy included the burial party of a policewoman who died last week, as well as a busload of mobile police unit officers, when it came under fire from suspected Boko Haram gunmen on the highway between the capital of Borno sate, Maduguri, and Damba town, the newspaper reported.

    It quoted witnesses as saying that anti-aircraft guns and other heavy weapons were used in yesterday's estimated 30-minute long attack on the convoy which was being escorted by police and government troops.

    Vehicles on the Maiduguri-Damboa highway usually travel in a convoy under security escort because of the threat posed by militant Islamists. (BBC)

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