Nigeria: Boko Haram Takes Over Town

Boko Haram sect has finally taken over Damboa town in Southern Borno with the hoisting of a flag.

Members of the sect have displaced the Nigeria Army Barrack in the town.

With the hoisting of the flag on Saturday morning, the sect has shown its conquest of the town which is strategic, being on the Biu/Maiduguri road and making the major highways to Maiduguri impassable.

A top security official in Maiduguri confirmed the Damboa attack and said flags suspected to be those of the Boko Haram sect had been hoisted there.

Soldiers are yet return to Damboa after they were sacked in an attack on the military base there about two weeks ago.

After the soldiers fled, the terrorists took over the highway leading to the town, residents say.
“There is no single person in Damboa as we are speaking now except the insurgents,” a member of the civilian vigilante group said.

The hoisting of flags in Damboa by the terrorists occured as information filtered in that residents of Dile, Huyum,  Lassa, Murtavu, Rimirgo and some  other remote villages in Askira Uba local government area are fleeing their homes and moving into Uba town in droves.

Security officials told journalists the residents decided to flee following a threat letter sent to them by the Boko Haram sect that they would soon be attacked.

A member of the Vigilante Group, Civilian JTF, Abbas Gave, said, “The people are all  fleeing in response to a letter purportedly sent to those villages that they would also be attacked. So residents of about nine major villages are now on the run.”
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