Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State was attacked again by suspected Boko Haram militants using a donkey strapped with explosives.
An official of the Borno State Government official who witnessed the ambush made this know to the BBC.
The latest ambush came after Governor Babagana Zulum survived an attack by the militants while he was travelling to an area near Lake Chad on Friday.
His convoy was ambushed again on Sunday as he was returning to the state capital, Maiduguri, and this time militants putting a donkey on the road, the official said.
When soldiers saw it, they shot at the animal. Explosives then went off and the militants immediately came out from their hide-out to open fire on the convoy, the official added.
A number of insurgents were killed in the ensuing shoot-out. No-one in the convoy – including the governor – was injured but some vehicles were damaged by bullets, the official said.
At least 18 people – 14 police officers and soldiers and four civilians – were killed in Friday’s ambush.
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