Boko Haram Attacks Yobe Town

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Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

Boko Haram insurgents have infiltrated Geidam town in Yobe State, shooting sporadically to send many residents of the town in flight.

According to people that spoke to our correspondent from hiding in the town, the insurgents took advantage of the market to infiltrate the town pretending to be traders. They said the insurgents stormed the town at about 5.30 p.m, renting the air with bullets and sent many residents off the streets. The source who preferred anonymity said many residents had to hide behind closed door with some others fleeing to nearby bushes.

He said they have been forewarned of the attack by insurgents over a week ago.

He said the military cannot claim it was a surprise attack as everyone in the town was aware of the warning.

The source said the military engaged them in a shootout.

He said, “As I am speaking to you we can hear warplane hovering over the town as the Nigerian Air Force jets have arrived to give support to the land army.”

The military could not, however, be reached for confirmation as of the time of the report.