- Marte, headquarters of Marte local government area of Borno state has been reportedly captured by Boko Haram terrorists
- The terrorists were said to have overpowered troops and set the military base ablaze
The Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly captured Marte, headquarters of Marte local government area of Borno state, Daily Trust reports.
According to the news outlet who quoted a source, the insurgents stormed the Marte military base, 153 Task Force Battalion, shooting sporadically and, in the process, razed “everything.”
“The insurgents seem not to have intended harming any civilian, but only to capture the town; so they stormed the military base, taking troops there unawares at about 6pm, much less than an hour to break fast time,” the source said.
A source who fled the base unscathed to Maiduguri said that: “We engaged them in a fierce encounter for about an hour. Initially, we were about getting victorious over them, but they overpowered us, and all troops in the burning base were set asunder, with all of us fleeing in all directions in the bush.”
Going further, he added that: “I can tell you that we were about defeating them; but God knows the tactics they later deployed and the defeat turned against us; we all fled; they are in control of the town now.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said that the Boko Haram insurgent group has been defeated by the nation’s military.
He added that ‘Boko Haram will never come again as Boko Haram’, saying that what is currently going on in the northeast is a part of the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP).
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