Published On: Mon, Jul 13th, 2015

Nigeria: Soldiers mistake utility workers for Boko Haram terrorists, kill 1 injure others in attack

A team of the electric company workers in Nigeria were lucky to survive an attack by the military, who mistakenly identified them as members of Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group crippling the African nation.

Workers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) were accompanied by military escorts who were on a mission to repair broken transmission line.  One man is dead and other staff of TCN sustained injuries during the incident.

A staff member of TCN, Ibrahim Garba, told Tribune Online that the situation could have been averted if the soldiers were informed.

Boko Haram logo   photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

Boko Haram logo photo/Arnold Platon via wikimedia commons

“That is the danger of working in a volatile area like Borno. One of our drivers is still missing while one of the injured staff and the two soldiers are receiving treatment at the General Hospital,” he said.

Some weeks ago, five soldiers were also killed along during a similar mission.

The Muslim militants have terrorized the nation since 2009 and has grown in geography, attempting to infiltrate regions in Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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