Fierce fighting was reported on Monday between the Nigerian army and suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Bama, Borno State.
Fleeing residents disclosed that terrorists stormed the town at dawn in their hundreds, armed with explosives and rocket launchers. As of 10 am on Monday, fighting was still going on.
After the capture of Gwoza and its subsequent declaration as a caliphate by the terrorist group, they moved on to Dikwa, 60 kilometers north of Bama and overran it on Friday.
Security forces however foiled an attempt by the terrorists to capture Banki town on the border with Cameroon on Saturday.
Street Journal gathered that the military has intensified efforts to retake Gwoza after a failed attempt last week. Findings revealed that Air Force jets have pounded some of the terrorists’ bases in the town, though the Boko Haram group is trying to keep position.
Earlier on, military spokesman, Lt. Gen Chris Olukolade had stated that the Nigerian troops would give battle to the insurgents in a greater magnitude and that no ground would be conceded to terrorists.
No fewer than 27 insurgents were fear killed in the battle in Bama on Monday. Meanwhile, a 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Maiduguri as a result of intelligence reports that terrorists were planning to attack and take the Borno State capital.