17 November, 2014

Chibok Town Recaptured From Boko Haram

The Nigerian army yesterday said that north-eastern town of Chibok have been recaptured from Boko Haram insurgents where more than 200 schoolgirls where abducted in April, provoking a wave of global outrage.
An elder of Chibok community, Pogu Bitrus however was interviewed and told AFP that Chibok was recaptured in a joint operation with local vigilantes known as the Civilian Joint Task Force. He said the vigilantes fought inside Chibok while the soldiers “stayed outside the town to mop up the insurgents trying to escape”.

The Boko Haram fighters who were dislodged last week from Mubi in Adamawa by a joint force of local hunters and the troops fled to Chibok through Mararaba, Mubi and Uba and took over the town when residents on seeing the terrorists fled.
The militant had captured the town on their attack last Thursday after a long battle lasting that left many victims among both the insurgents and the local vigilantes dead.
Several residents said the army had fled from the assault, leaving the vigilantes to fight on their own against Boko Haram.
There was no immediate information about any casualties from Saturday’s battle for the town, which witnesses say was virtually empty of residents.

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