by James Sambo
Boko Haram insurgents are reportedly engaged in a firefight with Nigerian troops in the city of Bama, Borno state.
The militants stormed the town in the early hours of Monday, 1 September, with the intention of taking over the town like they did Gwoza, but soldiers of the Nigerian Army stationed in the city are believed to have repelled the attack, which resulted in the ongoing raging battle.
The Boko Haram terrorists reportedly began firing mortars, RPGs and hurling grenades into the city early in the morning, which forced civilians and also the Emir of Bama to flee to Maiduguri, the state capital.
Precisely a week ago, on Monday 25 August, a similar incident occured as members of the sect engaged the Nigerian Army at Gamboru Ngala town in Borno state.
Following that firefight, about 480 Nigerian soldiers reportedly fled into Cameroon, but the Army brass denied the report, saying the move was a tactical manouvre.