ISWAP terrorists ambush, kill CJTF chairman and soldiers in Gubio

ISWAP terrorists

By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –

On Monday morning, terrorists from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) ambushed a convoy of military troops and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), killing the President of the CJTF, Alhaji Bukar Mandama and other vigilantes at Gubio LGA in Borno State.

Another CJTF member, who sustained gunshot wounds, was evacuated from the scene and is currently receiving treatment at Maiduguri State Specialist Hospital.

Similarly, some security personnel were also hit in the ambush with minor injuries while five other people were reportedly killed in the convoy, including the vigilante chairman, Mandama.

It has been collected that some residents of Gubio town saw a Boko Haram convoy with two vehicles and motorbikes on Sunday heading towards the rural grazing area (RUGA) under construction on the outskirts of the town to wreak havoc.

The situation prompted military authorities in Gubio to mobilize and deploy troops with some CJTF men to provide adequate security at the facility, but they could not sight any of the terrorists.

The troops also decided to take shelter and spend Sunday night at the facility.

Unfortunately, as they were returning to the city on Monday morning, the terrorists ambushed them and opened fire on the troop convoy, causing heavy casualties on the side of the security convoy, although sources said so. , dozens of terrorists were also neutralized in the exchange of fire.

Meanwhile, Gubio Local Government Council Executive Chairman Alhaji Bukar Sulum Zowo confirmed the incident to our correspondent at the state specialist hospital, Maiduguri.

“We woke up to sad news this morning when Boko Haram killed our CJTF Chairman Alhaji Mandama and another member in a roadside ambush.” He said.

Alhaji Zowo added that he offered assistance to the victims by paying their medical bills at the accident and emergency unit of the hospital.

He prayed to God to grant eternal rest to the souls of the deceased and wished those who were shot and wounded a speedy recovery.

It will be recalled that in March 2022, a group of terrorists invaded the town of Gubio and abducted the chief medical officer of Gubio General Hospital, Dr. Bulama, who is still in captivity.

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