Nigeria: Tens Of Thousands Flee As Islamists Battle For Land In Northeast
Qur’an Sura 2:191-193, “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-Muslims] … fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
By Joe Hemba, Global Post – “Boko Haram militants have driven more than 26,000 people from the northeastern town of Bama amid fierce fighting, witnesses and security sources said on Wednesday, as the Islamists focus more on taking and holding territory.
The government of Borno state, where Bama is located, said it still controlled the town. Local sources had earlier said the Boko Haram, which began its assault on Monday, had won control of much of Bama by Tuesday.
As that fighting wore on, news came that the insurgency scored another victory on Tuesday by taking the smaller town of Bara, to the southwest roughly halfway between Maiduguri and the national capital Abuja, without firing a shot.
Boko Haram’s attacks appear to have shifted focus in recent weeks away from creating mayhem to taking ground and holding it, a strategy analysts say could be inspired by the Islamic State’s example of declaring a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
Last month, the insurgents captured the remote farming town of Gwoza, along the Cameroon border, during heavy fighting. Their leader Abubakar Shekau declared in a video that the town was now ‘Muslim territory’.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Borno state said on Wednesday that 26,391 displaced had so far been registered from the town. ‘The number is growing by the hour,’ its spokesman Abdulkadir Ibrahim said…
The Borno state government and local vigilante groups said Bama remained under government control, a message confirmed by military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade in Abuja.
Capturing Bama would bring the rebels closer to the Borno state capital Maiduguri, 70 km to the northwest, which is the birthplace of the Boko Haram movement.
Fears that Maiduguri could be the next target led the government to extend an overnight curfew there. It now runs from 7 p.m. (1400 ET) until 6 a.m., after previously staring only at 10 p.m.” Read more.
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