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Insurgents Launch Pre-Dawn Attack On Monguno

A small group of insurgents on Tuesday launched a daring attack on the Garrison Town of Monguno, in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The number of casualties was not immediately clear, but it was reported that a few number of people sustained injuries.

Monguno about 130 kilometres northeast of Maiduguri,  the state capital is one of the most strategic garrison towns, housing a military super camp,  humanitarian hub and internally displaced persons in Northern Borno.

HumAngle learnt that the attack on Monguno, the hometown of the Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, was launched around 4 am.

Security sources told HumAngle that the attack wasn’t intense as it  involved a few number of insurgents when compared to previous attacks in January and June 2020.

This could also be worrying, as insurgents are known to conduct probing attacks on military bases and Garrison towns.

In a Tweet, on Tuesday evening, Eloi Fillion, the head of the delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  said the organization’s surgical team was treating three patients wounded during the attack in Monguno, including a five-year-old kid.

In June 2020, insurgents with mortars, small arms and gun trucks attacked military positions and the humanitarian facility in the town.

According to the United Nations in a statement, “Protective security measures deployed at the humanitarian hub prevented any harm to the over 50 aid workers who were in the facility at the time of the attack”.

Although no groups have claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack, Monguno Local Government is part of areas in Borno State where the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has claimed a series of attacks.

The security situation outside Monguno town remains volatile, and unpredictable, with the major road connecting the Garrison town to others suffering from checkpoints attacks and ambushes.

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