A report has emerged, suggesting that Boko Haram terrorists have allegedly captured Marte, the headquarters of Marte Local Government Area in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The report monitored on Daily Trust by Naija News, alleged that the insurgents stormed the Marte military base, 153 Task Force Battalion, shooting sporadically and in the process razed “everything” on Sunday, June 2
This online news platform understands that the Newspaper quoted a military source on Monday, June 3, to have said that: “The insurgents seem not to have intended harming any civilian, but only to capture the town; so they stormed the military base, taking troops there unawares at about 6 pm (Sunday) much less than an hour to breakfast time”.
“We engaged them in a fierce encounter for about an hour. Initially, we were about getting victorious over them, but they overpowered us, and all troops in the burning base were set asunder, with all of us fleeing in all directions in the bush.
“I can tell you that we were about defeating them, but God knows the tactics they later deployed and the defeat turned against us; we all fled; they are in control of the town now.”
The Newspaper quoted another fleeing source to have said that “casualty figures cannot be confirmed on both sides, with all of us fleeing in all directions into the bush, and many of us finding their way to Maiduguri, and majority still roaming in the bush.
“Many of us who are lucky to find our way to Maiduguri or any safe community will elope to their home states across the country to relieve themselves of the trauma.”
Meanwhile, Naija News reports that the attack is coming a few days after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, declared that Boko Haram has been defeated.
Buratai had said that the Nigerian military is now fighting an international criminal gang known as the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Source: Naija News