Boko Haram Takes Over Another Town in Borno
Boko Haram insurgents have stormed a border town of Banki in Borno State, forcing more than 200 Nigerian troops at the border to cross over to Cameroon, residents told the BBC Hausa service yesterday.
The insurgents were said to have entered Banki Tuesday night and forced many residents to flee.
“Boko Haram members are in control of Banki. The situation is terrible. We now suffer from hunger, thirst and everything. Very terrible,” a fleeing resident said.
Another resident said: “As I speak, they are in Banki. We saw them with their vehicles, about 1000 of them. As soon as they approached, the Nigerian soldiers patrolling the border entered
Cameroon, they received approval and passed into Cameroon in eight vehicles.”
A senator from Borno, Senator Ahmed Zanna, also told BBC Hausa that he was called from Amitchide, a Cameroonian town near Banki, and was told that Nigerian soldiers crossed into Cameroon. This was the latest in the series of Boko Haram seizures of Borno towns.
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