Is this actually happening? I asked myself. Boko Haram sect has finally taken over Damboa town in Southern Borno with the hoisting of a flag.
Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by the military, just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Maiduguri, a civil defense spokesman and a human rights advocate said Saturday.
Hundreds of villagers in another northeast area, Askira Uba, are
fleeing after receiving letters from the Islamic extremists
threatening to attack and take over their areas, spokesman Abbas
Gava of the Nigerian Vigilante Group said.
“Nine major villages are on the run,” he said. Survivors said yesterday that insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and lobbed homemade bombs into homes, and then gunned down people as they tried to escape the fires in the attack on Damboa town launched before dawn on Friday.
Most of the town has burned down, they said. A human rights advocate said the extremists struck again as people were trying to bury the dead later Friday, and said the death toll is probably much higher than 100. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.
Members of the sect have displaced the Nigeria Army Barrack in
With the hoisting of the flag on Saturday morning, the sect has
shown its conquest of the town which is strategic, being on the
Biu/Maiduguri road and making the major highways to Maiduguri