Militants attack Nigerian town, kill 20 soldiers, displace 1,000 residents

By Reuters
About 20 soldiers were killed and nearly 1,000 people made homeless in an attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, two residents and a military source said on Wednesday.
The militants entered Monguno in Borno State posing as a convoy of soldiers on Tuesday evening, the sources said. They then attacked troops inside the town, destroying at least 750 homes in the process.
Resident Gumati Sadu said that people fled into the bush for safety during the fighting and that three civilians were killed by stray bullets.

A military spokesman declined to comment.

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq news agency.
It said that one of its militants detonated a car bomb in the town, killing at least eight soldiers and destroying three armored vehicles.

The group also said that it had seized a vehicle, weapons and ammunition before leaving the town.

ISWAP split from Islamist group, Boko Haram, in 2016 and has since staged its own frequent attacks in the region.

Boko Haram's decade-long insurgency campaign has killed thousands and displaced millions in northeastern Nigeria.
Thousands in Monguno had already been displaced from their homes elsewhere in Borno Sstate by militants. Aid group, Medecins Sans Frontieres, warned last year that many thousands in Monguno lacked proper shelter, water, sanitation and food.

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