Boko Haram launches fresh attacks in Borno, kills 20 soldiers, 40 civilians

Boko Haram militants and their allies in ISWAP have struck at two local councils in Borno, killing no fewer than 20 soldiers and 40 civilians.

Many people were also injured, reported Reuters, quoting residents and a civilian task force fighter.

The attacks, in the Monguno and Nganzai local government areas, came just days after militants killed 81 people in a raid on a village in Gubio LGA.

Two humanitarian workers and three residents told Reuters that militants armed with heavy weaponry including rocket launchers arrived in Monguno, a hub for international non-governmental organizations, at roughly 11 a.m. local time on Saturday.

They overran government forces, taking some casualties but killing at least 20 soldiers and roaming the area for three hours.

The sources said hundreds of civilians were injured in the crossfire, overwhelming the local hospital and forcing some of the injured to lay outside the facility awaiting help.

The sources said the militants also set fire to the local police station and burned down the United Nations’ humanitarian hub in the area.

However, a UN spokesperson said the facility sustained only light damage.

Fighters distributed letters to residents, in the local Hausa language, warning them not to work with the military, white Christian westerners or other “non-believers”.

Militants also entered Nganzai at about the same time on Saturday, according to two residents and one Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) fighter.

They arrived on motorcycles and in pickup trucks and killed more than 40 residents, the sources said.

Nigeria’s military spokesman did not answer calls for comment on the attacks. – The News.

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