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Gunmen ambush Nigeria President Buhari’s advance convoy

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari speaks throughout a plenary session firstly of the Paris Peace Discussion board, in Paris, France, November 11, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

ABUJA, July 6 (Reuters) – Unidentified gunmen ambushed the advance convoy of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday within the northern state of Katsina injuring two, a spokesperson for presidency stated in an announcement.

Buhari was not within the convoy of automobiles carrying an advance staff of safety guards, protocol and media officers heading to the president’s hometown of Daura, close to the border with Niger, to arrange for the Muslim Eid al-Adha vacation.

“The attackers opened hearth on the convoy from ambush positions however had been repelled by the army, police and safety personnel accompanying the convoy,” the assertion stated.

The assault on the convoy highlights the continued safety challenges the nation is dealing with significantly within the northern areas the place armed gangs are rife.

In a separate assault late on Wednesday, one other set of unidentified gunmen raided a medium safety jail in Kuje, close to the capital Abuja, a spokesman for the correctional companies stated in an announcement.

“Males of the armed squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and different safety companies connected to the Custodial centre have responded and calm has been restored to the power and the state of affairs is below management,” the spokesman stated.

(Reporting by Garba Muhammad and Ardo Hazzad; Writing by Bate Felix; Enhancing by Christian Schmollinger)

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