Emerging reports from credible sources indicate that Boko Haram terrorists may have taken control of Baga town, following a series of heated battle with Nigerian soldiers, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the insurgents attacked a military base in Baga in a night long shootout on Wednesday, December 26.
It was reported that the Nigerian Army confirmed the attack but said it repelled the terrorists.
The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said a reinforcement, earlier deployed to Baga, were in hot pursuit of the insurgents.
According to the online medium, the reports coming from military sources revealed, however, that the Boko Haram fighters were not fleeing but still in control of the commercial town as at Thursday night, December 27.
“The Boko Haram are in full control of Baga and environs,” one top military source said in Maiduguri, highlighting that all the reinforcements sent from neighbouring locations also ran into deadly ambushes.
“Reinforcement suffered casualties and had to return. All the reinforcement from Baga have been met with ambushes at Cross Kauwa, 30kms to Baga. So far, the Brigade Commander, 3 officers and 21 soldiers have arrived Monguno as at 4 p.m.
“More escaping soldiers are still being expected and some others who survived with serious injuries were reported to have been moved to Maiduguri by civilians.”
The source said the insurgents seemed to be in control of the area as they continued to carry out coordinated ambushes to foil all the reinforced deployment of troops.
“Even the Civilian JTF from Maiduguri and Gubio who tried to bypass Cross Kauwa to go through Gudumbali (west of Baga) were equally ambushed and had to retreat,” said the source.
“It was also disclosed that the Boko Haram fighters were reported to have addressed the civilians left in Baga town, warning them of the evil fate of saboteurs.
“Meanwhile, the strategic and highly valued multi barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) amongst other equipment is reported to have been captured by the Boko Haram,” the source said.
Baga, a fishing community, fell to the terrorists in 2015 but was retaken by the Nigerian military backed by the armed forces of Niger and Chad.
Its location and the activities of Boko Haram in the area make independent verification of the claims difficult.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group reportedly killed an official of the Nigerian Navy in Borno state.
It was reported that Sani Usman, Army spokesperson, confirmed the latest incident in a statement to media.
According to Usman, the tragic incident occurred when troops repelled an attack on the headquarters of the 7 brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) at Baga in Borno, which occurred at 7pm on Wednesday, December 27.
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