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JUST IN: Boko Haram takes over Baga, hoist flags

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Boko Haram insurgents have taken total control of Baga town, following a series of heated battle with Nigerian soldiers, a security source who fled the attack to Maiduguri told Daily Correspondents.

It was earlier reported that hundreds of Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in Baga, on Wednesday, engaging in a night long shootout with troops.

The Nigerian Army confirmed the attack but said it repelled the terrorists.

The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a brigadier general, said a reinforcement, earlier deployed to Baga, were in hot pursuit of the insurgents.

However, reports coming from military sources revealed that the Boko Haram fighters were not fleeing but still in control of the commercial town as at Friday morning.

“The Boko Haram are in full control of Baga and environs,” one top military source told PREMIUM TIMES in Maiduguri, highlighting that all the reinforcements sent from neighbouring locations also ran into deadly ambushes.

“Reinforcement suffered casualties and had to return.

“All the reinforcement from Baga have been met with ambushes at Cross Kauwa, 30kms to Baga.

“So far, the Brigade Commander, 3 officers and 21 soldiers have arrived Monguno as at 4 p.m on Thursday.

“More escaping soldiers are still being expected and some others who survived with serious injuries were reported to have been moved to Maiduguri by civilians.”

The source said the insurgents seemed to be in control of the area and had hoisted their flags even as they continued to carry out coordinated ambushes to foil all the reinforced deployment of troops.

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