Nigerian Troops Outsmart Terrorists in Monguno, Kill 20

The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, comprising of Ground Troops of Sector 3 as well as the Air Task Force, yesterday Saturday, 13th of June 2020 outsmarted Boko Haram and ISWAP Terrorists who attempted to breach calm and launch attack on the town of Monguno in the State of Borno, North East of Nigeria. The fearless counterattack by the Sector 3 combined with the precise ISR and munitions by the Air Task Force ensured that at least 20 terrorists lost their lives and four of their gun-trucks destroyed. Several terrorists were also captured as well as other equipment they utilise.

The Armed Forces had experienced a setback in their operations earlier last week as terrorists attacked some settlements in the North West, killing many, including a village head in a settlement in Katsina State, which led to some of the residents of the State of Katsina to demonstrate their furore against the spate of bloodshed by putting fire to an old campaign billboard bearing the pictures of the State governor and the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

The terrorists have resorted to a hit-and-run tactic at places least expected. The recent attacks took the Armed Forces by surprise, leading to the National Assembly summoning the security chiefs as a result.

The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria commended the Land component and Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their skilful and professional response during this operation.
They encouraged the troops to stay resolute and decisive in their offensives in the theatre.

Monguno is one of the most popular towns in Borno State. It is the capital of Monguno Local Government Area. It is located approximately 133 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. It is one of the many towns that were adversely affected by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.

An IDP camp in Monguno, in April, 2019. Photo credit: Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF

Had the terrorists succeeded, it would have been a major setback for the fight against terrorists in the North. The town has been a focal point of internally displaced persons, with less than satisfactory conditions until mid last year when both the federal government and the international community came to the rescue of the situation.

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