Boko Haram Takes Over Chibok, Casualty Unknown
The grief of Chibok residents was compounded yesterday with yet another attack by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
The invaders were believed to have fled from Mubi and Maiha where they were overpowered and dislodged by combined fire power of local hunters and the Nigerian Army.
The casualty figure from the latest attack could not be ascertained at press time but reports indicated that many residents had fled the town for dear lives as the sect took control of the town.
A fleeing resident, Mr. Apogu Afaramai, who spoke with our correspondent on the phone, said that he and many other residents took to their heels as the insurgents stormed the town at about 10 pm yesterday. He was however not sure of about casualties.
He said: “As I am speaking with you now, I am in the bush moving towards Biu. I don’t know whether they have killed anybody or not because when we heard gunshots, we just fled the area and there was no network service.”
Another resident who identified himself simply as Suleiman said the insurgents arrived the town and started shooting sporadically to scare everyone in the city.
“We were about to sleep when we started hearing gunshots and shouts of Alllah is great in Arabic. The shooting was very intense. I can’t even explain how I escaped from the village,” he said.
The sect had attacked Chibok and abducted more than 200 school girls in April this year. The girls are yet to be rescued, save 15 lucky ones that have managed to escape.
The Senator representing the area, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, was also not sure about casualties.
He said,:”I was told that Boko Haram terrorists attacked Chibok town, but I cannot tell whether there were casualties or not, as we are yet to receive calls from people in Chibok since the insurgents have burnt down the telecom masts in the town.”
AFP quoted Chibok-based pastor, Enoch Mark, as saying that Boko Haram had taken control of Chibok town. Mark’s daughter and niece are among the 219 teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Mark said the attack on the town appeared to come after Boko Haram overran the towns of Hong and Gombi in neighbouring Adamawa state following the group’s ouster from the commercial hub of Mubi.
“They came in and engaged soldiers and vigilantes in a gunfight,” he added.
“Some of us managed to escape. All the telecom towers in the town were destroyed during the attack with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades).
“No one can say what the situation is in the town in terms of destruction to property.”
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