In a commendable display of bravery, troops belonging to the 29 Task Force Brigade successfully thwarted a terrorist attack on the convoy of the Yobe State Governor along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road this past Saturday, as confirmed by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
Major-General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, disclosed in a statement released on Monday in Abuja that the troops not only repelled the attack but also managed to recover the two vehicles affected during the incident.
The statement revealed that, unfortunately, the ambush resulted in casualties, with one military truck driver, four police escorts, and one DSS operative sustaining injuries. However, it was reassuring to note that they were in stable condition, except for one of the injured police escorts who tragically passed away shortly after arriving at the Specialists Hospital in Damaturu.
Maj.-Gen. Buba stated, “Reinforcement of troops from 29 Task Force Brigade led by the Brigade Commander is currently engaged in a fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists responsible for this dastardly act.”
The two vehicles affected in the incident, including a military MRAP and a civilian escort vehicle, both targeted during the attack, have been safely recovered and brought to the military camp at Benisheikh. Ongoing operations are focused on tracking down and eliminating the terrorists responsible for the assault.
The attack occurred as the governor’s convoy was ambushed by terrorists while returning to Damaturu from Maiduguri, approximately 6 kilometers from Benisheikh town, on Saturday. Importantly, the governor was not present in the convoy during the ambush. The Secretary to the State Government and other high-ranking government officials who were part of the convoy emerged unharmed from the incident, underscoring the effectiveness of the military response.