by Ola’ Audu
Marte, the border town in the northern flank of Borno state has again fallen to the Boko Haram sect, security sources and government officials have confirmed.
Security sources said the terrorists, most of whom had fled Sambisa forests and their other strongholds across Borno State, have now regrouped in Marte, a town 112km north of Maiduguri, the state capital.
The deputy governor of Borno State, Zannah Mustapha, confirmed that Marte was seized on Friday.
The news came as soldiers sustained a 24-hour curfew imposed on Maiduguri, the state capital on Thursday after Boko Haram terrorists attempted an invasion of the city on Wednesday night.
Intelligence obtained after the Wednesday attack suggested that at least 600 females had accompanied the Boko Haram terrorists with a mission to carry out multiple suicide bombing in the metropolis.
Three of the women had detonated their suicide belts at the frontline on Wednesday, killing three members of the civilian-JTF and injured several others.
Borno State deputy governor, Mr. Mustapha, on Friday also confirmed to newsmen that 600 women and girls have been kitted by Boko Haram terrorist as suicide bombers with the aim of causing multiple explosions in the town.
The deputy governor said residents must be patient with the security agencies in spite the attendant hardships caused by the dusk to dawn curfew.
“It is unfortunate that we are experiencing yet another attack in Maiduguri at this time that we are thinking that the insurgency should have subsided following the taking over of Sambisa forest by the military,” said the deputy governor. Read full on PT