22 August 2014

Nigeria: Residents Flee As Boko Haram Capture Town

Yobe — Islamist terror group Boko Haram has seized Buni Yadi in Yobe, another town in north-eastern Nigeria while many of the residents flee from the violence to the state capital Damaturu.

Buni Yadi is the latest state to fall into the armed group's hands in the crisis-hit region, witnesses and a local official have said.

Residents who fled the assault said attacks began late last month and the insurgents have since taken over the main government building, an indication of the group's increasing territorial ambitions, reported Aljazeera.

The AFP news agency said the group had reportedly raised their flag above the building and carried out summary executions, however Abdullahi Bego, the spokesman for Ibrahim Geidam, Yobe's governor, could not confirm the executions. He blamed lack of proper security for the attacks.

"As I speak there are no military in Buni Yadi and locals say that Boko Haram come and go as they please," he said.

The UN has confirmed that Boko Haram had seized control of the towns of Damboa and Gwoza in Borno state in recent weeks.

Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states have been under a state of emergency since May last year and reliable information on the conflict has proved difficult to obtain.

Boko Haram is blamed for killing more than 10,000 people since its uprising began in 2009 and their violence has forced more than 600,000 people from their homes, according to the UN.

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