The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) on Sunday killed 20 suspected Boko Haram militants when they attacked a military barrack in Munguno, Borno State, as the network’s leader denied any peace talks with the Federal Government.
Munguno is about 200km from Maiduguri and about two hours drive from the capital.
Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman for joint
military and police forces in Borno, said the militants were killed when they tried to attack the Monguno barrack.
“Information available to JTF indicated that some suspected terrorists attempted to attack a military barrack in Munguno, headquarters of Munguno Local Government Area of Borno State on Sunday.
“The attack was repelled by the JTF troops at the outskirt of the barracks”, JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, stated in a
statement in Maiduguri.
He said that 20 of the attackers were killed during exchange of fire with the soldiers.
“The encounter led to the death of 20 suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
“Three four-wheel drive vehicles and eight motorcycles used by the suspects were destroyed and several arms and ammunition were recovered.
“The following items were recovered: seven AK47 rifles, 10 rocket propeller grenade, two
RPG tubes, large quantities of assorted ammunition and eight assorted magazines”, he said.
According to an eyewitness, the attack on Monguno saw fighters arrive in SUVs and killed a village leader. The fighters later attacked the barracks at Monguno with gunfire and explosives, witnesses said. But the JTF spokesman did not mention the village leader killed.
The leader of Boko Haram has denied in a video that his group is taking part in any peace talks with the Federal Government.