Reuters– Boko Haram has reportedly captured another town in the troubled North eastern state of Borno, Nigeria. Witnesses told the news agency that they fled when they heard gun shots being fired in Bama on Monday with reports of intensive fighting between the army and the militants.
Security forces were said to have initially repelled the attack, but the group reinforced and launched another vicious attack on the town on Tuesday killing many and displacing thousands.
The attack came after the terrorist group claimed it had captured another town Gwoza in the same state following in the footsteps of Iraqi Jihadists ISIS to proclaim it was now a state under Islamic law.
Boko Haram have been carrying out a deadly campaign of violence in Nigeria’s northern region since 2009. The group aims to establish what it calls an Islamic state in the region.
Many residents have been displaced from their homes since the group stepped up attacks resulting in the death of thousands so far according to human rights groups.