The war against terrorism continues in Borno State, as Nigerian Army repelled a massive Boko Haram attack on Bama hours ago. According to SaharaReporters, the terrorists targeted Bama, which is a strategic city with the population of about 500,000 people.
The insurgents intend to seize the city in order to expand the so-called ‘Caliphate’ with the centre in Gwoza town, declared by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a recent video message.
"As I am talking to you (9.30am), the war is ongoing and it will be difficult to describe the level of destruction," Tijjani Bukar, a driver who escaped to Maiduguri, told a reporter of DailyTrust.
Nevertheless, the attack caused panic and numerous residents, including the Emir of Bama are fleeing to the capital of Borno State. They have to make a 40-mile-long (64 km) extremely dangerous journey by A4 road before they reach more or less secure area.
As intense fighting continued during the day, 7th Division of the Nigerian Army made an important announcement. According to it, a dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed in Maiduguri. It shall persist "until further notice".
The decision comes as the army understand the danger of mass terrorist attack on the city. The Defence Headquarters have also issued an official comment on Monday's battle via Twitter:
It would be noted that Boko Haram terrorists have switched from mass bombings, kidnappings and random raids to another tactics, similar to what the Islamic State is doing on the territory of Iraq and Syria.
They are also building up their strength by capturing military and law-enforcement objects, bases and armories. Thus, the staff of riot police Academy on the outskirts of Gwoza reportedly serve as instructors to sect's fighters for fear of horrible death.