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Mubi Attack: Boko Haram Fires Rocket Into Adamawa State, Residents Flee

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Mubi Attack: Boko Haram Fires Rocket Into Adamawa State, Residents Flee

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Oct 29, 2014 – Mubi Attack: Boko Haram Fires Rocket Into Adamawa State Nigeria, Residents Flee 

Boko Haram fighters on Wednesday clashed with Nigerian troops in the country’s remote northeast, forcing thousands to flee, after two other attacks that further undermined claims of a ceasefire.

Residents said insurgents first overran the town of Uba in Borno state before moving to try to take Mubi, a commercial hub in neighbouring Adamawa, using firepower including rocket-propelled grenades.

There is virtually not a single resident left in Mubi. Everybody has left to save their lives,” local resident Habu Saidu told AFP, as he trekked through the bush.

People in thousands left the town on foot because all roads have been blocked by soldiers and it is not possible to leave by road.”

Fighting was reported to be fiercest around the town’s military barracks.

Nigeria’s government earlier this month announced that they had secured a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram and agreement to release 219 schoolgirls abducted from their Borno school in mid-April.

But violence — and further kidnappings — have continued unabated.

Saidu said the insurgents, who want to create a hardline Islamic state in northern Nigeria, stormed the town in large numbers on motorcycles and four-wheel-drive vehicles.

“Soldiers responded by opening fire and two military jets dropped bombs on Boko Haram positions. We left because it is no longer safe to stay,” he added.

Another resident, Muhammad Madani, said he saw Boko Haram fighters firing two RPGs from a black jeep before the air force jets arrived and dropped five bombs.

“We saw the Boko Haram fighters. They kept saying they had come to fight the military and police and not civilians,” he added.

“No one believes them. We know how they killed people in all the places they seized after assuring them they were not going to harm them.”

In September, panicked residents fled their homes in Mubi after the rebels seized Michika, 42 kilometres (26 miles) away, in anticipation of an attack.

Mubi, which has previously been targeted by Boko Haram, had seen an influx of thousands of residents escaping the violence in nearby towns and villages.

Security fears forced the closure of the Adamawa State University, which is based in the town.

The attack comes after suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed several people in the town of Kukawa, some 180 kilometres from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, near Lake Chad, on Monday.

Heavily armed fighters in all-terrain vehicles stormed the town and opened fire on police and a local market.

Kukawa, near Lake Chad, has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram, forcing Nigeria’s state-run oil company to abandon prospecting and drilling.

“They (the gunmen) killed several people, especially around the market, where traders had gone for commercial activities,” said the Kukawa local government chairman Modu Musa.

“They burnt the whole market, the police station, government lodge, dozens of vehicles and most houses in the town in indiscriminate rocket and bomb attacks.”

Police officers in Kukawa initially intercepted the insurgents on the outskirts of the town and engaged them in a fight but were forced to retreat because of the gunmen’s superior firepower, Musa said.

There was no immediate comment from Nigeria’s military and independent corroboration is impossible with communications largely cut off and travel dangerous in the remote region.

Security analysts estimate that Boko Haram controlled at least 20 major towns in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states at the time the purported ceasefire deal was announced on October 17.

[AFP]

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. natasha williams

    October 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Though I don’t live in that my heart is still bleeding for this country. where will all these evil stop

  2. JAMOON DEFINITION (GBS)

    October 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    @Natasha d evil will end in d northern part of nigeria because they are sorounded with evil elders.

  3. mulikat

    October 29, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    God let Amry take over Naija ,send all thos so call politicians to pack and go to prison with their families or go to excle,is only death,kidnapping,Ritualist,Robers,No light 24 0 7, No road,Fulani herd men problem,Religion fight,Tribal problem,No jobs,Big Corupption and more over Boko Harms name it all under them.when Amry in power our Military was the best in Africa,we keep peace in many African country,since civilian take over our once super Military as become something to laugh at.evryday killing in North Eastern nigeria,PDP and APC,going about ,looking for vote,so call elecetion 2015,no to that back to Amry,nigeria is country that need Iron hand to rule,not groups of fool, cool ,pot bele corrupt fews ,sleep,when some nigerian are dieing every day, no place to call home,cos of war within the naija country.I pray very soon,1 day i wake up,i read news,Military in control,not reading Boko Harms kill this innocent people and take over this town this and that.

  4. mulikat

    October 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Military take over naija pls for God sake.

  5. ph boy

    October 29, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    our president is trying just that .the bad people in gov…………t are buy gun for bokoharam just to scarter his gov………..t but papa God go protect him. You bokoharam God is looking at you .people i our nigeria army if you are going war front pray with psalm 91and 121 befor going dont fornicate you will over come your enemy so call bokoharam. May God bless mr president and our army Amen?

  6. Akuwax in Mongu, Zambia.

    October 30, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    The first thing that you people should look for is, who is sponsoring these creatures? And then seek help from countries like the US to help you win this fight period.

  7. Sir prophet

    October 30, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    PH BOY,y cnt u pray dat paslm 91 and 121 and lead de Army? Jonathan is ur uncle rit? Tryin,4who? De worst president Ever i saw in my life.

  8. emma

    October 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    sir prophet, go and ask America how many years it took them b4 bin -ladden was captured. last week Ottawa in Canada suffered from terrorist. if u don’t have reasonable talk, keep quiet. u are one of Nigeria”s problem

  9. mulikat

    October 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    not this kind of terro we have in naija,close ur mouth,maybe u are part of the people spending naija money in govt ko,biko pray to send back our former super Military we use to bring peace in many african country now,they are laughing at our Military,1 trillion naira for anti-terrorism money for 2014,where is the money?

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