Boko Haram Sacks Military Formation in Gwoza, Takes Over Town After Killing Over 100
Members of the Boko Haram insurgents group on Wednesday dislodged the military formations in Gwoza local government and took over control of the town.
Gwoza, one of the most populated local government areas in Borno State have been under siege by the Boko Haram terrorists.
They had earlier blew off the bridge linking Gwoza-Maiduguri and Gwoza Madagali, a situation which prompted the late Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrisa Tima to call on the Federal Government for urgent intervention.
The Emir was later killed by the terrorists on his way to Gombe.
According to a resident of the area, the Boko Haram terrorists, who came in Hilux vehicles with armoured tanks, sent away military operatives stationed in the town and took over the town.
He said “the insurgents started shooting sporadically, setting houses, shops and government buildings ablaze.
“The situation forced us to flee the town and climb hills and mountains; as I speak to you, I am on the hill top”.
“They attacked the policemen at the Gwoza Divisional Police Headquarters by throwing explosives and using other dangerous weapons, but I don’t have the details whether the police station was destroyed or not”. He added.
According to residents, more than one hundred people have been Killed by the sect members after they seized the town in the early hours of Wednesday.
This is the second time the Boko Haram had seized a major town from Nigerian troops.
It would be recalled that several weeks ago, they massacred many residents of Damboa and dislodged Nigerian troops stationed to secure the town.
“The soldiers guarding us just went away as the militants advanced against our town”, a resident of the besieged town said.
He added that the Islamist militants killed residents freely, noting that the casualties included the elderly, women, and children.
“If this continues, then all of us will soon be without a place to call our home”, said a resident of Gwoza, adding that he and most residents who escaped the militants’ attack were now refugees.
A top security source, who did not want his name mentioned confirmed the Gwoza incident.
He said that the Boko Haram diverted attention of the soldiers to Damboa, where they are busy fighting, but suddenly attacked Gwoza.
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