Terrorists have attacked the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State, NorthWest Nigeria.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday.
He explained that a convoy of vehicles carrying the advance team of security guards, as well as protocol and media officers ahead of the President’s trip to Daura for Eid celebration came under attack near Dutsinma in Katsina.
The attackers shelled the convoy from ambush positions, but they were repelled by operatives of the military, police, and the Department of State Services (DSS) accompanying the convoy.
He stated that two persons in the convoy who sustained minor injuries were receiving treatment while all other persons made it safely to Daura.
He said the attack was repelled by “gallant presidential guards”.
“The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.”
“The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.
“Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered. All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura,” Shehu said in a statement.
The attack on the President’s advance team is the latest in the series of criminal activities by the assailants who have continued to terrorise communities in the North West and parts of the North Central region of the country.
On Wednesday last week, terrorists invaded a mining site at Ajata-Aboki in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State where thirteen policemen and civilians reportedly lost their lives while four Chinese nationals were abducted.
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