Thousands trapped as Boko Haram takes control of Borno town

Thousands trapped as Boko Haram takes control of Borno town

- Dikwa a local government area in Borno state has been attacked by Boko Haram

- Report has it that thousands of civilians are already trapped in the northern town

- The attack took place on Monday evening, March 1, after the insurgents came back stronger

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A report by Daily Trust indicates that thousands of civilians are trapped in Dikwa, Borno state after Boko Haram insurgents took control of the town on Monday, March 1.

According to the report, soldiers had repelled an attack on the town on Monday evening, hours later the insurgents returned and overpowered the troops.

Residents of the community who were quoted in the report said the terrorists are roaming around the streets and telling locals not to flee the town.

Breaking: Thousands trapped as Boko Haram takes control of Borno town
Thousands of civilians are trapped as Boko Haram takes control of Borno town. Photo credit: AUDU MARTE
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Bukar Ahmed, a resident of Dikwa, who wept bitterly via a phonecall narrated how insurgents told his neighbourhood to stay on.

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A humanitarian worker confirming the development said the situation in Dikwa is scary as the insurgents went to the United Nations hub.

The Maiduguri attack

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, confirmed Boko Haram fired Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) into Maiduguri, the state capital, killing 10 residents and injuring 47 in the process on Tuesday, February 23.

Zulum made the comment after he visited two hospitals, State Specialist Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, where the injured residents are receiving treatment on the bill of the state government.

According to him, the shots came from Kaleri, outskirts of Maiduguri, but the grenades travelled to hit Gwange and Adam kolo communities, both densely populated areas in the inner city.

Shekau claims responsibility for Maiduguri bombing

In another report, notorious Boko Haram commander, Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing of Maiduguri on Tuesday, February 23.

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Shekau, one of the most wanted terrorists regarded the deadly attack as a "milestone achievement" by his fighters in a video.

He also denied that his farm was taken over and claimed that he had successfully established an Islamic caliphate.

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