Monguno, third of Borno reportedly fall to Boko Haram

The vigilantes said they repulsed the attack on provincial capital Maiduguri after capture of Monguno by Boko Haram.

Monguno, third of Borno reportedly fall to Boko Haram

World Bulletin / News Desk

Boko Haram militants now reportedly control one third of Nigeria's restive Borno State.

"It is confirmed that Monguno town has fallen to the militants on Sunday afternoon," Jubrin Gunda, a spokesman for the main local vigilante in the north, the Civilian Joint Task Force, told The Anadolu Agency.

"With the capture of Monguno, I'm sad to note that the entire northern Borno has how fallen," he regretted.

Boko Haram insurgents attacked Njimtilo, a community located west of Maiduguri, in the morning and clashed with security forces trying to repel the assault.

Nigerian defense spokesman Chris Olukolade also confirmed to AA a simultaneous attack on Monguno.

"Troops are repelling a simultaneous attack on Monguno and Maiduguri by terrorists," he confirmed earlier. "Coordinated air and land operations are being conducted."

Gunda listed some of the towns now under the militants' control in northern Borno including Kukawa, Baga, Abadam and Monguno, among others.

He said what is left of the entire Borno state is the provincial capital Maiduguri and other towns in the central Borno senatorial district.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ocak 2015, 20:25