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On Friday, jihadist fighters belonging to the Islamic State group ambushed a governor’s convoy in northeastern Nigeria, killing 15 security personnel.

Sources advised AFP that eight policemen, three soldiers, and 4 members of a government-backed militia have been killed in an auto-attack carrying Borno Governor Babagana Umara Zulm near Baga town on the banks of the Lake Borne.

The rebels opened the chimney with machine weapons and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village near the headquarters of Multinational Joint Activity Power, a military coalition of soldiers from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

Sources said the victim was on an evaluation visit to Baiga in 2014 in preparation for the return of 1000 residents displaced from the city by jihadists.

The governor flew by helicopter to the garrison town of Ganguno, 60 kilometers 40 mi away, and proceeded to Baga in a convoy amid tight security, one of several sources. All three sources are speaking on the status of anonymity.

The IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group maintains most of its camps on the islands in Lake Chad and the region is called a stronghold for jihadists.

The militant group has recently intensified attacks on military and civilian bases within the area. In July, the victim’s convoy arrived here under a gun attack from the outer Baga of ISWAP, forcing her to cancel her trip to the city.

In the final week, the group killed a Nigerian military commander with three soldiers in an ambush close to Damoh city.

On the freeway connecting Munguno and the regional capital Maiduguri, citizens reported that jihadis make arrangements to rob, kill, and kidnap passengers every day.

The insurgency that has been underway in northeastern Nigeria for the past decade has killed 36,000 people and forced over 2 million from their properties.

Many of the displaced have been housed in illegal camps, where they rely on charitable food-related food around the world. Local authorities have encouraged the displaced to return regardless of concern from companies assisting with security threats, exposing the returnees.

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