Not less than nine Nigerian Soldiers and two members of a civil defence militia were killed in a jihadist attack on a civilian convoy in Komala village near the town of Damboa in Borno state, security sources told AFP Sunday.
Several civilians were reported missing after the ambush.
The jihadist fighters lunched heavy guns and rocket-propelled grenades on the convoy of more than a hundred vehicles Saturday afternoon outside Komala village, 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the state’s capital Maiduguri.
“Nine Soldiers and two (anti-jihadist) militia were killed in the attack, ” a Military officer said. “It was an ambush on a civilian convoy escorted by troops and the militia,” said the Military officer who asked to remain anonymous.
According to militia leader Ibrahim Liman, he said the convoy was heading from Maiduguri to Damboa when it was attacked.
He confirmed the number of dead Soldiers to be nine, with two members of a vigilante group. He said many others also sustained high degree of injury in the attack.
Several civilians were still missing and were presumed killed or captured by the terrorist group, the militia leader said.