Militant attacks kill 15 security personnel in Nigeria
International Desk || shiningbd
At least 15 security personnel were reportedly killed many others were injured in a militant attack carried on a vehicle carrying government security officials in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno; reports Xinhua according to local media on Saturday.
According to the report, Nigeria’s domestic militant group Boko Haram has recognized the responsibility of the attack.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a rally in the northern city of Munguno. At the time, officials were on their way to Baga, another city, where hundreds of returning IDPs were being greeted.
Citing security sources, the local online newspaper Premium Times reported that eight policemen, three soldiers and four members of a private task force were killed in the attack.
Security forces were deployed to escort local officials.
The local broadcaster television also reported that an armored vehicle carrying police personnel and a state government vehicle were also hijacked in the attack.
It was the second such attack in the Northern Province on Friday. The Munguno region of Borno is considered dangerous. The region has witnessed a number of kidnappings by terrorist groups in the past.