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Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by Whiteangel1234: 2:56pm On Feb 22, 2019
Attack on Nigeria governor's convoy deadlier than government said: witnesses, security officials.

ABUJA (Reuters) - Lying in bushes by the side of a road, the security officer played dead and hoped the militants would mistake the blood pooling from a colleague's body as his own. He did not risk looking up to see what was happening, but he could hear.

"We warned you civilians not to take part in elections, but you refused," said a fighter loyal to the extremist group Islamic State. "Cut their throats."

Kashim Shettima, governor of the war-torn northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, issued a statement two days later saying three people were killed when insurgents attacked his motorcade on route to an election rally.


But survivors of the Feb. 12 assault, along with two Nigerian and two international security personnel, put the toll much higher.

Reuters was unable to confirm precise figures. One survivor said he saw about 40 bodies; another estimated that as many as 100 died. The militants also took between 100 and 200 people captive, officials said.

The scale of the attack raises concern about the ability of militants from Boko Haram and a breakaway group calling itself Islamic State West African Province to disrupt voting in a delayed presidential election on Saturday, despite government assurances that only remnants of the insurgency remain.

"Islamic State and Boko Haram have over the past weeks ceaselessly warned locals that voting in the elections is tantamount to apostasy," said Fulan Nasrullah, a researcher who tracks the groups at the Global Initiative For Civil Stabilisation, a Nigerian-based think tank. "They have both explicitly threatened to attack the voters who go out to vote in these communities or who work with the electoral commission or otherwise carry out activities in support of the elections."

Others interviewed by Reuters asked not to be identified because they said the government and military command had ordered them not to discuss the ambush, which could be damaging to both Shettima, a government politician, and Buhari. The president, who is seeking a second term, has vowed to defeat the insurgents once and for all.

A spokesman for the state governor did not respond to requests for comment on the accounts provided to Reuters, saying there might be a response later. A regional military spokesman referred questions to the state government.


Buhari urged Nigerians "to go out and vote," assuring them in a televised address on Friday that adequate security measures were in place.

FATAL CHOICE

Shettima's motorcade left the state capital Maiduguri in the morning, bound for the market towns of Mafa, Dikwa and Gamboru. The 85-vehicle convoy included buses full of supporters headed to campaign events, officials said.

In Dikwa, the local army commander urged the governor to stop for the night, according to one of the survivors and a Nigerian security official. Dusk was approaching, and the risk of an ambush was too high.

But Shettima decided to press on, they said. The governor's office did not answer questions about the decision.

At 6:45 pm, as the convoy snaked past the village of Maula, dozens of fighters armed with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked. It was unclear how they found the convoy.

Survivors heard grenades slam into the middle of the convoy, followed by a hail of bullets. The governor, who was in the front half of the convoy, escaped, they said, but those riding at the back were trapped.

"They then came out with two pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, all of the fighters in military camouflage, while the rest of them came from the roadside, firing on us," said a security official who was part of the motorcade.

Some people tried to escape by turning back. Others abandoned their vehicles and ran into the bush.

"As they ran, the insurgents opened fire," the official said. "I would not be surprised if 100 people lost their lives."

'CUT THEIR THROATS'

Lying in the bushes next to his colleague's body, the officer who was playing dead heard the militants begin to gather survivors by the roadside.


There, as the wrecks of the convoy vehicles smoldered, some were killed, he said. He later saw two fresh bodies, their throats slit.

The fighters ordered other survivors into the remaining vehicles and drove away with at least 100 people, said one of the witnesses and an international security official who looked into the attack. A Nigerian intelligence official put the number of captives as high as 200.

After the insurgents were gone, the hiding officer joined a flood of survivors fleeing through the bush, making for nearby towns and a military base. More than 200 men and women managed to escape, trekking through the night, another witness said.

The intelligence official and other security personnel corroborated the witnesses' accounts.

At least 60 bodies were taken to a hospital morgue in Maiduguri after the attack, some with their throats cut, said a humanitarian worker who looked into the incident. A morgue official declined to comment.

It wasn't immediately clear whether any Islamic State fighters were killed.

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by sarrki(m): 2:58pm On Feb 22, 2019
Pdp trying to rubbish Pmb Goverment
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by thesicilian: 3:11pm On Feb 22, 2019
sarrki:
Pdp trying to rubbish Pmb Goverment
Until they cut your own throat.

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by Olatunji1929: 3:23pm On Feb 22, 2019
Wetin konsign me aboki kill fulani na family issue thank God more than 300 votes out of buhari votes

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by spinna: 3:30pm On Feb 22, 2019
Shameful and shameless playing politics with terror and innocent lives. How can about 300 die and you change it to three. This govt is too quick to lie

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by Asshurbanipal: 3:35pm On Feb 22, 2019
And they are still chanting next level
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by Mystick: 3:37pm On Feb 22, 2019
People transferred to the "next level"
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by Nobody: 3:38pm On Feb 22, 2019
An Army Commander advised the Governor not to continue with the journey but he insisted on sacrificing the lives of people for his political ambition.

Well I don't blame him as much as I blame the idiot supporters that followed him just like I don't blame Buhari as much as I blame his foolish supporters.

To me, the dead ones in that attack except for the security operatives who were mere following order were fools and committed suicide. undecided
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by bedspread: 3:39pm On Feb 22, 2019
Nigeria is set to Witness a Chanfe of Baton Tomorrow....

The Present Guys are Directionless and Clueless
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by eagleeye2: 3:43pm On Feb 22, 2019
sarrki:
Pdp trying to rubbish Pmb Goverment
The person who commented after the you has adviced you.
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by eagleeye2: 3:44pm On Feb 22, 2019
The annoying thing in all these is the level of cover up going on.
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by SouthEastFacts: 3:46pm On Feb 22, 2019
sarrki:
Pdp trying to rubbish Pmb Goverment
So Reuters is PDP? Next might be your family and you will be alive to witness it happen.

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by eagleeye2: 3:46pm On Feb 22, 2019
Mystick:
People transferred to the "next level"
It's a pity. And to think the government won't even acknowledge them.
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by FarahAideed: 3:49pm On Feb 22, 2019
sarrki:
Pdp trying to rubbish Pmb Goverment

so Reuters is now PDP..Sarrki you can do better
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by sarrki(m): 3:59pm On Feb 22, 2019
SouthEastFacts:

So Reuters is PDP? Next might be your family and you will be alive to witness it happen.

So shall it be for you and unborn generation
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by onez: 4:11pm On Feb 22, 2019
The conspiracy of silence on Boko Haram among northern elite is mindboggling. All in the name of power. Innocent bloods will speak tomorrow. Atiku is coming

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by doctokwus: 4:13pm On Feb 22, 2019
Asshurbanipal:
And they are still chanting next level
That is the most painful and nauseating part.
That's why sometimes one understands why some people feel no pity for them.
A man has overseen the slaughter of men,officers,families with no end in sight and you still chant "sai Buhari".
What kind of slavish life is that!

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by GWMI(m): 4:16pm On Feb 22, 2019
Maybe aside of being a good citizen, I have not done a good service to Nigeria but tommorow, I will be doing nigeria a Godly service by Voting buhari out.that is one of the best I can do for my nation and for humanity.To the Inec chairman please don't rig this election don't declare buhari the winner instead declare yourself the winner then we be happy.Yakubu will be a better president than buhari that is the truth.For those who have not joined, please join the winning train.VOTE ATIKU ABUBAKAR TO GET NIGERIA WORKING AGAIN.God Bless Nigeria.

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Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by Pekele007: 4:19pm On Feb 22, 2019
I pity the zombies planning to vote for the failure called Buhari.
Re: Attack On Nigeria Governor's Convoy Deadlier Than Government Said: Rueter by SouthEastFacts: 6:17pm On Feb 22, 2019
sarrki:


So shall it be for you and unborn generation
I don't justify massacre, you do for political reasons so the fate of those massacred as a result of Buhari's negligence will be your lot if don't desist from supporting evil.

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