In an ambush on a local official’s vehicle in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, jihadists killed three police officers and a vigilante, according to two militia sources on Thursday.
According to reports, on Wednesday, Asheikh Mamman Gadai, the political administrator of the Nganzai district, was returning from the garrison town of Monguno when Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) members opened fire with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).
“The RPG hit one of the vehicles in the convoy which exploded and killed the security men in it,” militia leader Umar Ari told AFP.
“The personnel included three policemen and a CJTF (militia),” he said.
According to militia member Ibrahim Liman, the ambush took place at Mile 40, a community along the 135-kilometer (84-mile) Maiduguri-Monguno highway.
The local authority, according to both sources, escaped the attack unharmed.
ISWAP has stepped up its attacks on drivers along the route where they have set up checkpoints, ambushing security patrol convoys and looting and killing drivers.
Military patrols along the roadway were spurred by the almost daily attacks, but the violence persists.
Over 40,000 individuals have been killed and 2.2 million people have been displaced in northeast Nigeria by the 13-year-old terrorist conflict.
A regional military alliance has been formed to combat the terrorists after the conflict spread to the nearby nations of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.