Sept 8, 2014 – Boko Haram Captured Another Town In Adamawa, Heads To Maiduguri As Cameroon Kills 100 BK Fighters
Boko Haram Heads To Maiduguri After Killing 24 Soldiers In Mubi; Cameroon Kills 100 BK Fighters
Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram has captured the key north-eastern town of Michika, residents say, gaining more territory in its efforts to create an Islamic state.
BBC reports that people fled into bushes as gunfire rang out in the town, they added.
Boko Haram has changed tactics in recent months by holding on to territory rather than launching hit-and-run attacks.
The government called on Nigerians not to lose hope.
The military was committed to defending Nigeria’s territorial integrity, it said.
Soldiers killed 50 militants during a raid on their hideout in the small north-eastern town of Kawuri at the weekend, the army said.
Last month, Boko Haram said it had established an Islamic state in areas it controls in north-eastern Nigeria.
Michika is a trading centre in Adamawa state not far from the Cameroon border.
Concern is mounting that the group plans to target Maiduguri, capital of neighbouring Borno state, says the BBC Hausa Service’s Bilikisu Babangida.
Thousands of people who have fled towns and villages captured by Boko Haram are taking refuge in the city, which has a population of about two million.
The fall of Michika will add to the fear and panic that has gripped the north-east, as it shows Boko Haram is gaining territory not only in their heartland of Borno but also in Adamawa state, our reporter says.
While Nigerian troops have continually struggled Cameroun has recorded huge successes against the sect. On Monday, the Camerounian government said its soldiers had killed ‘more than 100′ Boko Haram fighters during an attempted incursion by the Islamist insurgents into its territory.
The Cameroonian army has dealt ‘a severe setback’ to Boko Haram, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement read out on state radio, adding that the clashes took place in the north of the country on Saturday.
[Sources: BBC & PM News]