According to eye witnesses, Boko Haram militants have waged a successful attack on Chibok, a remote town in Nigeria’s north-easternmost state of Borno, taking over the town after inflicting an unknown number of casualties. The site of the now-infamous mass-abduction by Boko Haram militants of 276 schoolgirls (more than 220 of whom are alleged still in Boko Haram captivity), Chibok served as a rallying point for many in the fight against the Islamic insurgency. While an official statement by Nigerian military leadership has yet to be made, a quick response can be expected, especially taking into not the political thorn Chibok has been in the side of a freshly-launched reelection campaign for incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan.
11/14/2014 Nigeria (BBC) – Boko Haram militants have seized the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok, the home of more than 200 schoolgirls the insurgents kidnapped in April, residents who fled have told the BBC.
Militants attacked and took control of the town, in Borno state, on Thursday evening, residents said. The militants have repeatedly targeted villages around Chibok over recent months. Boko Haram says it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.
A senator for Borno state, Ali Ndume, told the BBC Hausa service that security forces posted in the town ran away when the insurgents attacked. Residents told the Sahara Reporters news website that the militants headed to the centre of Chibok and declared that they were taking it over as part of their caliphate.