Boko Haram Islamist insurgents took over a town in Borno state in northeast Nigeria on Saturday. According to reports. the Islamists entered Magumeri not far from Maiduguri in early evening. The insurgents shot sporadically and threw explosive devices with careless abandon, prompting local residents to flee to a forest. There is no confirmation yet on whether they had captured Magumeri town.
Other reports say the Boko Haram fighters briefly overran Magumeri town in a raid to loot food supplies, military and civilian militia sources said on Sunday, in the latest attack in the restive northeast region of Nigeria.
The attack happened on Saturday evening when a large number of jihadists stormed Magumeri, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) told AFP: “Boko Haram briefly took over Magumeri yesterday (Saturday) after pushing soldiers out of the town. Civilians fled as well. But later more soldiers were sent and they took over the town from Boko Haram.”
Boko Haram was only in the town for several hours until early Sunday, he added.