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Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

Many killed as insurgents take over Banki town in Borno

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday evening reportedly took over the control of Banki, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon, in Bama local government area of Borno state, killing several people.

The gunmen have reportedly stormed the town around 6.30pm, unleashing terror on innocent civilians after they subdued security forces deployed to the area, fleeing residents told newsmen yesterday.

Similarly, dozens of residents were wounded in the onslaught while hundreds of houses, vehicles and shops were set on fire.

Residents of the area said they were terrified, following horrifying sounds of endless explosions and gunshots, leading to pandemonium.

This latest attack was not the first on the town, as it has been variously attacked by the sect in similar manner.

According to the escapees, the attackers, over 50 in number, rode on motorcycles and Toyota Hilux vehicles into the town from nearby bush.

They added that the attackers, who were armed with sophisticated weapons, attacked a police station and various security check-points mounted by the military, immigration and customs, before they started killing residents.

One of the fleeing residents, who declined identification, explained that the insurgents were still holding the town, as both civilians and other security personnel have crossed over to the Cameroonian side.


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