Last week, Boko Haram men took over four towns in Borno and Yobe states after a gun battle with military men guarding the areas.The four towns they seized are; Gwoza in Borno state and Buni Yadi, Buni Gari and Goniri, all in Gujba local government area of Yobe State.
Not only did they overwhelm the Nigerian soldiers deployed to guard the towns, they also killed at least 100 residents, including the brother of Emir of Gwosa and the chief Imam of Gwoza’s major Mosque. Continue…
A top security source told Sahara Reporters that Boko Haram had successfully beaten back three separate columns of Nigerian troops from Gwoza. “The most recent was a team of soldiers led by Lieutenant Colonel Agwu of the former Special Operations Battalion (SOB) now 234 Battalion,” the source said.
Security sources also disclosed that the sect killed or wounded numerous Nigerian soldiers during their initial assault and, days later, in a counter-offensive mounted by the Nigerian Army to try to wrest the town back from the stranglehold of the Islamists.
The militants are now said to be occupying camps abandoned by soldier after they fled from a series of fierce battles Boko Haram.
Boko Haram also bombed Katako Bridge that links Buni Yadi with Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
The Nigerian army are said to be planning to retake the four towns.