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How Boko Haram Overran Borno Town, Kidnap 100–Security Sources

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Boko Haram terrorists have overran Kukawa, a town in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, abducting over 100 person, security sources have revealed.

According to sources in the Civilian Joint Task Force, who spoke anonymously to our correspondent, the insurgents drove in over 20 trucks to the town on the shores of Lake Chad.

The sources said the terrorist launched their entry into the town in sporadic gunshots, engaging the Nigerian troops stationed in the town for over 30 minutes.

He said the insurgents went away with over 100 persons as hostages after they were able to suppress and push back the military.

One of the sources, said: “At around 4pm on Tuesday, terrorists in about 20 trucks overran the town of Kukawa. They engaged soldiers guarding the people in a ferocious firefight.

“After about 30 minutes of engaging the military in ferocious fire exchange, they (insurgents) were able to overpower them and went away with over 100 hostages.

This latest abduction may have made nonsense of the plan relocation of IDPs back to their homeland as the residents of of Kukawa were just relocated on August 2.

The residents were escorted during the relocation by the military as part of the resettlement plan of the state government.

When contacted at the time of filing this report, the spokesman of Borno State Governor (Prof. Babagana Zulum), Mallam Isa Gusau said he does not have the details of the attack just yet.

On his part, the spokesman of the Army, Col. Sagir Musa asked for patience, promising that the military will soon come out with a release.

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