At least three people were killed following a suspected Boko Haram attack on convoy vehicles carrying the governor of Nigeria’s restive northeastern state of Borno, according to close aides and security sources on Wednesday.
Governor Kashim Shettima and his entourage were on their way to the border town of Gamboru in Ngala area of the troubled northern state when the gunmen suddenly opened fire on their vehicles late Tuesday, sources told Xinhua.
A close aide of the governor and a soldier in his security team were among three persons killed in the attack, one security source said.
Shettima, who will be stepping down after serving a maximum two four-year terms as governor, is contesting for a seat in the Nigerian Senate in Saturday’s election in the country.
He was on a campaign tour of the state when the gunmen split his convoy of vehicles into two, attacking the vehicles in the last part of the convoy.
An aide of the governor who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Shettima escaped unhurt.
However, several persons including one soldier sustained injuries in the attack, the governor’s aide said.
Another source said the Boko Haram fighters took advantage of the dust from the desert area to launch the attack.
Boko Haram, which has more than two factions in Nigeria, is yet to claim responsibility for the attack.
Attacks by the terror group, which aims to establish an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, were part of the reasons why the country’s general elections were rescheduled in 2015.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, will hold general elections on Saturday to elect the country’s president and national assembly members. Enditem