Cape Town (dpa) – Terrorist group Boko Haram has seized a town in Nigeria’s north-east, further establishing its grip in the region, local newspaper Daily Trust reported on Tuesday.
Heavily armed insurgents, disguised as traders, took control of the town of Damasak in Borno State after a fierce battle with soldiers on Monday, at the end of which Boko Haram hoisted its flag at the local marketplace, according to security sources and local authorities. “Boko Haram terrorists are still in Damasak. They have captured the town,” a security source was quoted as saying.
The number of casualties could not be confirmed on Tuesday. The insurgents also razed numerous buildings, including the market place, the local government secretariat and homes of local authorities, according to witnesses.
Earlier this year, Boko Haram seized the towns of Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru-Ngala, Dikwa, Mafa as well as some surrounding villages, all in Borno State.
Last week, the militants killed about 100 people in separate attacks in Mafa and Kukawa local government areas of Borno State. Boko Haram, which loosely translated means “Western education is sinful”, killed more than 3,000 people in Nigeria’s north this year alone.