Premium Times (Abuja)

3 March 2013

Nigeria: 20 Boko Haram Militants Killed in Maiduguri

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Members of Boko Haram splinter group during a news conference in Maiduguri, Saturday where they insisted on a cease-fire.

About 20 members of the Boko Haram sect were killed Sunday after the militants attempted to attack a military barracks at Monguno, 200 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the state capital, themilitary Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Order, in Borno state said.

A spokesperson for the force, Sagir Musa, said the attackers engaged a combined team of joint security team in a fierce gun battle outside the barracks.

"The encounter led to the death of 20 Boko Haram Terrorists, 3 four wheel vehicles and 8 motor cycles used by the terrorists were also destroyed," Mr. Musa said.

He also said items recovered from the attackers include seven AK47 Rifles, 10 Rocket Propelled Grenade, two RPG Tubes, large quantity of assorted ammunitions and eight assorted magazines.

Separately, Mr. Musa said a special operation based on intelligence resulted in the arrest of two high profile commanders of the group who were responsible for the explosions in Maiduguri on Thursday 28 February, 2013 during the meeting of eight governors of the newly formed All Progressives Congress, APC in the state.

Mr. Musa said those arrested are in JTF custody undergoing interrogation.

On Sunday, the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau denied that the extremist sect was in dialogue with the government of Borno state, and had agreed to a ceasefire.

Mr. Shekau spoke in a new video message sent to journalists in Maiduguri, barely a week after a self-acclaimed leader of the group, Abu Abdulazeez, said he had Mr. Shekau's backing to announce a ceasefire.

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