Monday, August 25, 2014

Boko Haram recaptures Gamboru-Ngala, Nigerian soldiers flee to Cameroon

Boko Haram, today made further advances in territorial grab by once more taking over Gamboru-Ngala, a key township on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.

According to reports, the insurgents first attacked and sacked an army barracks in Ngala known as Harmony Camp before proceeding to Gamboru where they took over the town without any military resistance.

In a response to the attacks, the Nigerian Air Force jet later dropped a massive bomb in the middle of Gamboru after hovering for several minutes in the air. The jet then left while the militants began a house-to-house raid in Gamboru.

A contingent of Nigerian troops was later seen massing close to a bridge earlier destroyed by insurgents during their first attack on Gamboru.

A security source told SaharaReporters that Boko Haram desperately wants to seize full control of Gamboru-Ngala because the extensive area offers great strategic advantages.

"If they completely capture the township, Boko Haram will be able to use it to transact economic and military business," said the source. He further explained, "The township will enable them [to] freely move arms into Nigeria in order to fortify their control of the seized territories they have declared an Islamic Caliphate."

Some 480 Nigerian soldiers have fled into Cameroon following the fierce fighting with Boko Haram militants, Cameroon's army has said.

Army spokesman, Lt Col Didier Badjek, said the soldiers had been disarmed and were now being accommodated in schools.

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