Nigeria: Boko Haram jihadists seize two towns weeks after government declared them defeated

The Nigerian government has repeatedly boasted that it has defeated Boko Haram, the Party of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad, or was just about to do so. It vowed to defeat Boko Haram by the end of 2014. And by the end of 2015. In mid-2017 it called the movement a spent force. In February 2018, it again claimed that the jihadis were defeated. They weren’t, and aren’t.

“‘Many Feared Dead’: Boko Haram ‘Seizes’ Two Nigerian Towns Weeks After Gov’t Declared Group Defeated,” by Edwin Mora, 

Boko Haram jihadis seized two towns in Nigeria’s Borno state on Wednesday, killing many people as they set houses and government buildings ablaze.

Citing the state-run News Agency of Nigeria and a top local government official, the Punch newspaper reports that the terrorists have left the two towns, noting:

Normalcy has returned to Gubio and Magumeri communities of Borno after the Wednesday night attacks coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that residents in the affected areas returned to their homes after the insurgents’ attacks at Gubio and Magumeri headquarters of Magumeri and Gubio Local Government Areas of the state.

The insurgents attacked the communities at about 6:00 pm [Wednesday]; torched residential homes, schools, offices, looted food items and abducted a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force.

…the Premium Times reports that jihadis remain in control of the towns.Unlike other news outlets, the newspaper assigned blame for the attack to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) affiliate in West Africa (ISWA), a Boko Haram offshoot.

“The terrorists, mostly of the Boko Haram ISWA affiliate, have remained in control of Gubio, Magumeri and contiguous communities,” the Premium Times reports….

A local government official told Sahara Reporters on the condition of anonymity:

It is unfortunate that a week after a deadly attack which took place in Gubio that led to the withdrawal of troops, other armed insurgents stormed Gubio town at about 6 pm, performed their maghrib prayers about 6:30 pm in Gubio Mosque before they wreaked havoc on innocent civilians with setting ablaze of houses and public structures.

Maghrib refers to one of the five obligatory daily prayers of Islam performed after sunset.

Without providing a specific figure, local news outlets report that Wednesday’s attack left “many” people dead….

The attacks came weeks after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration falsely claimed that his government “defeated” Boko Haram.

Buhari has repeatedly claimed victory over the group since taking office in 2015, but the group has continued to wreak havoc…

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