Nigerian emir escapes deadly convoy attack unscathed

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A highway in Nigeria's capital Abuja. An emir from Zamfara state had left the city by road when his convoy was attacked by unknown gunmen. (Creative Commons / Ifexmeco)
A highway in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. An emir from Zamfara state had left the city by road when his convoy was attacked by unknown gunmen. (Creative Commons / Ifexmeco)

A traditional leader in northern Nigeria’s Zamfara state has emerged unscathed after gunmen ambushed his convoy in an attack that killed eight.

Local media reports indicate the assault took place Friday, when Emir Alhaji Sanusi Muhammad Asha was returning to his home state in a convoy from the national capital Abuja.

Gunmen have attacked the convoy of a traditional local ruler in northern Nigeria leaving eight members of his entourage killed, local media reported Friday.

Those killed in the attack are said to include a driver, two palace guards, three police escorts and one traditional title holder,.

Reports indicate that, following the attack, the emir retreated to shelter for the night in a police station in the vicinity of Funtua, rather than completing his journey home.

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