Attackers suspected to be dreaded Islamic terrorists, Boko Haram, have carried out a surprise attack on a convoy of World Food Programme, WFP going to deliver food aid to internally displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.

The attack left 4 people dead.

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Attacks on aid workers are relatively rare in the conflict with Boko Haram, compared with assaults on the military and civilians in the region.

You see, the fighting in the area has resulted to what the UN calls one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with 8.5 million people in need of life-saving assistance.

“WFP can confirm that a convoy escorted by the Nigerian military including WFP-hired trucks was the subject of an attack by armed groups 35 km southwest of Ngala in Borno State on Saturday,” a WFP spokeswoman said on Sunday, in an emailed statement.

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“Four people, including the driver of a WFP-hired truck and a driver’s assistant, were killed in the incident,” the statement said, adding that “WFP is working with the authorities to determine the whereabouts of the trucks.”

The spokesperson, however, declined to comment on whether the driver and assistant were WFP staff, or give details about the other two people killed.

A military spokesman also declined to comment.

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