Boko Haram Takes Over Baga Town

Gunmen suspected to be members of outlawed Boko Haram sect on Saturday sacked the headquarters of the multinational military Joint Task Force, MNJTF, in Baga, Borno State, and taken over the town which is about 196 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Soldiers of the multinational force made up of troops from some West African countries are said to have fled the army base after over a hundred heavily armed members of the terrorist group attacked the military base in Baga.

A resident of the town who fled to Maiduguri told our correspondent that the terrorists have hoisted the sect’s flag at the task force’s base.

Scores of residents, including women and children, have also reportedly fled the town, many of them heading for surrounding villages, with some heading for Maiduguri.



    Apart from the military base, the insurgents also reportedly attacked homes of residents and public buildings. Heartlessly, they also reportedly chased after fleeing residents, shooting and killing many of them.

    The insurgents are said to have launched the attack on the military base around 5.00 pm on Saturday.

    Details of the attack were still sketchy as at press time as the residents who spoke to our correspondent did not have further information as they fled as soon as the attack started.

    However, residents of Maiduguri who have relatives in the besieged town stormed the Baga motor pack in Maiduguri seeking information about the incident.

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