Boko Haram militants capture town in Nigeria's Yobe
Militants stormed Ngalda, a remote community in Yobe State, in a convoy of three Hilux vehicles but were engaged by military troops on ground.

Suspected Boko Haram militants on Tuesday reportedly captured another town in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state, a police source has said.

Militants stormed Ngalda, a remote community in Yobe State, in a convoy of three Hilux vehicles but were engaged by military troops on ground, the source said.

"The insurgents exchanged fire with soldiers in Ngalda around the Gujba axis and they (militants) fled to another neighboring community, Nafada in Gombe, where they burned down the police station and the office of the People Democratic Party (PDP)," the source said.

According to the source, the militants captured the Nafada community.

There was no word yet available about casualties.

Musa Wuyo, a resident of Ngalda who fled to Bajoga, another community around the area, said the militants were shooting sporadically as they stormed the town.

"We were seated under a Nime tree close to a mosque at about 3.20pm when we started hearing gunshots. We were scared and many people fled into the bush, some of the soldiers also left," he told AA.

Tuesday's attack came a day after at least 82 people were killed when a suspected suicide bomber attacked a crowd of Shiites gathered for the yearly Ashura procession at a school in Potiskum town in the northeastern Yobe State.

Nigeria has battled the Boko Haram insurgency in the past five years during which tens of thousands have been killed and millions displaced.

The militant group on Friday denied government claims of reaching a cease-fire.

Borno Governor Kashim Shettima said Tuesday that at least eight of the 27 local government areas in the northeastern State have been captured by Boko Haram militants.

AA
Last Modified: 2014-11-05 09:09:33
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