Boko Haram insurgents kidnap seven aid workers in Borno

Constants attacks by Boko Haram insurgents have made at least 35,000 people to fled Marte to Dikwa. But the insurgents have now attacked Dikwa Local Government Area and abducted at least seven aid workers.

During the attack, the insurgents burnt the offices of the aid workers, destroyed government facilities, and hospitals belonging to NGOs.

According to an eyewitness, the insurgents stormed the town at 5:30 pm on Monday evening, and have since been in control of the town.

The eyewitness said troops have been battling to dislodge the town throughout the night. Reinforcement from Ajiri town was also ambushed by the insurgents in the early hours of Tuesday which slowed every attempt to engage the Boko Haram insurgents when they struck.

The attack is coming 24 hours after the state governor Babagana Zulum returned from a trip after spending three nights in Dikwa.

Zulum left Maiduguri on Wednesday, a day after Marte was liberated, and proceeded to Dikwa where he stayed till Saturday, proceeded to Ngala, and returned to Maiduguri on Sunday.

Sources said the insurgents are currently moving freely in the town, and have mounted a checkpoint at the exit preventing people from fleeing to Maiduguri.

Recall that the Chief of Army staff recently visited the headquarters of the Army Super Camp 9 located in Dikwa, where he gave troops a 48-hour ultimatum to clear insurgents from neighboring Marte local government.

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