Military retakes Monguno, others from Boko Haram

Troops of the Nigerian Army have completely secured Monguno, Marte and other communities in the North of Borno State from Boko Haram occupation.

The members of the Boko Haram Sect had launched a massive attack on Monguno from different directions and captured the town on January 25, 2015.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement on Monday that a combined operation spearheaded by the Air Force had completely cleared Monguno, Marte and other towns in the general area of terrorists.

Olukolade said some terrorists with arms and ammunition were captured by troops during the latest operation.

According to him, the troops also captured truckloads of food items such as rice and beans and other logistics supply meant for the members of the sect.

The Defence Spokesman said the casualty figure in the Monguno attack would be made known on completion of an ongoing cordon and search operation in the area.

“Troops in a military operation spearheaded by highly coordinated air assaults have completed the mission of clearing terrorists from Monguno and environs this morning.

“A number of terrorists as well as truckloads of rice, beans and other logistics meant for supply to the terrorists operating around Baga have been captured in the course of operation.

“Casualty inflicted and arms recovered as well as other outcome of the operation in Munguno, Marte and other communities already secured, will be determined after the ongoing cordon and search in the environs.

“The air and land operation is continuing with aggressive advance towards other designated communities and locations meant to be cleared in the ongoing offensive against the terrorists,” he said

It was learnt that the military high command was given a presidential directive to ensure that the members of the sect were cleared from communities under their control within a specified period.

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