Boko Haram takes over Gwoza, new Emir’s whereabouts unknown

Newsday 24/7

One of the largest towns in Borno state, Gwoza, is now totally under the control of the extremist Boko
Haram sect, residents and a security official have said.

Hundreds of Boko Haram gunmen, dressed in military uniforms, in the wee hours of Wednesday invaded the rocky border town while riding on
different types of armoured vehicles and trucks, residents said.

They initially attempted an attack on the town on Tuesday but were said to have been repelled. But
on Wednesday, at about 4:00 a.m., the insurgents mobilised and launched a major offensive.

Witnesses who telephoned journalists from Gwoza
said the gunmen first dislodged soldiers guarding the town, took over some of their arms before
attacking fleeing residents.

As usual, members of the Gwoza community had to turn to the rocky mountains for refuge.
A resident of Gwoza who spoke to journalists from his mountainous hideout, using weak signals from

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