Twin militants attacks in Nigeria, kills 60
Published: 01:25 PM, 14 June 2020 Updated: 01:26 PM, 14 June 2020
20 soldiers and 40 civilians were killed in twin militants attacks in north-east Nigeria`s Borno state. Photo: Collected
At least 20 soldiers and more than 40 civilians were killed and hundreds of others injured in twin militants attacks in north-east Nigeria's Borno state.
The attacks took place in the Monguno and Nganzai areas on Saturday, just days after armed fighters killed at least 81 people in a raid on a village in a third area, Gubio.
Citing two humanitarian workers and three residents, News Agency Reuters reported that fighters armed with heavy weaponry including rocket launchers arrived in Monguno, a hub for international non-governmental organisations, at roughly 11:00 am (10:00 GMT).
The fighters then 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 lie outside the facility awaiting help.
The fighters also burned down the United Nations' humanitarian hub in the area and set fire to the local police station. Fighters distributed letters to residents, in the local Hausa language, warning them not to work with the military or international aid groups.
Fighters 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 pick-up trucks and killed more than 40 residents, the sources said.
A military spokesman did not answer calls for comment on the attacks. UN officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have killed thousands and displaced millions in northeastern Nigeria. ISWAP claimed the two Saturday attacks as well as the Gubio attack. - Reuters