How Boko Haram Stormed and Captured Chibok in Borno
A significant number of Nigerian military officers fled Chibok, North east Nigeria, as Boko haram terrorists captured the town, Elombah.com has learnt. An elder in the Nigerian town of Chibok detailed a terrifying account of what happened as Islamic militants captured the hometown of hundreds of schoolgirls who were kidnapped this spring.
The elder, who spoke to ABC News said there was “terror and total panic” as Boko Haram swept into Chibok on Thursday night. He described “people running helter-skelter, screaming, [and] looking for children.”
The elder asked that ABC News withhold his name and said that Boko Haram rounded up “a sizable number” of school children and locked them in a church building.
Thousands fled after the militants began their assault, leaving behind the elderly, the sick and the children locked up by Boko Haram, the elder said. Residents mostly left for nearby towns but many were killed.
Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok local government, told The Associated Press the militants entered the town shooting from pickup trucks and motorcycles.
A significant number of Nigerian military officers left as the assault began, the elder said. Local vigilante groups attempted to defend the town, allowing residents a chance to run away.
The militants killed an unspecified number of villagers. The rest of the villagers had escaped through bush parts and headed to Damboa after Nigerian troops fled the village.
Residents said they arrived Thursday night and began shooting randomly before heading to the village center to announce it has taken it over as part of its Islamist caliphate.
In April, Boko Haram captured 300 schoolgirls in April. While some escaped, 219 remain missing.
Nigeria’s military chief said last month that Boko Haram had agreed to a crease-fire, but the group’s leader said in a video last month that the girls were “an old story,” adding that they all had converted to Islam and been married off to his fighters.
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