Nigeria: Boko Haram Reportedly Takes Control of Baga After Attack On Military Base

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Map of Nigeria showing Monguno, Baga, Damaturu and Gombe
28 December 2018

Reports coming from credible sources indicate that Boko Haram terrorists may have taken control of Baga town, following series of heated battle with Nigerian soldiers.

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how the insurgents attacked a military base in Baga in a night long shootout on Wednesay.

The Nigerian Army confirmed the attack but withheld but said it repelled the terrorists.

The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a brigadier general, said a reinforcement, earlier deployed to Baga, were in hot pursuit of the insurgents.

Reports coming from military sources reveal, however, that the Boko Haram fighters were not fleeing but still in control of the fallen commercial town as at Thursday night.

"The Boko Haram are in full control of Baga and environs," one military source said in Maiduguri, highlighting that all the reinforcements sent from neighbouring locations also ran into deadly ambush.

"Reinforcement suffered casualties and had to return.

"All the reinforcement from Baga have been met with ambushes at Cross Kauwa, 30kms to Baga.

"So far, the Brigade Commander, 3 officers and 21 soldiers have arrived Monguno as at 4pm.

"More escaping soldiers are still being expected and some others who survived with serious injuries were reported to have been moved to Maiduguri by civilians."

The source said the insurgents seemed to be in control of the area as they continued to carry out coordinated ambushes to foil all the reinforced deployment of troops.

"Even the Civillian JTF from Maiduguri and Gubio who tried to bypass Cross Kauwa to go through Gudumbali (west of Baga) were equally ambushed and had to retreat," said the source.

"It was also disclosed that the Boko Haram fighters were reported to have addressed the civilians left in Baga town, warning them of the evil fate of saboteurs.

"Meanwhile, the strategic and highly valued multi barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) amongst other equipment is reported to have been captured by the Boko Haram," the source said.

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