Nigerian Troops Recapture Baga After Boko Haram Attack
Nigerian troops were back in a strategic town on the shores of Lake Chad , military and civilian sources said on Thursday after Boko Haram attacks forced tens of thousands to flee. Fighters from the self- styled Islamic State West Africa Province overran a naval base and another housing troops from a regional force in and around Baga late last month .
The UN has said more than 30,000 people had since sought refuge in the garrison town of Monguno and the Borno State capital , Maiduguri, as the military prepared a fight-back .
A military officer in Maiduguri said ,
“Our soldiers entered Baga yesterday evening (Wednesday ). They are in total control of the town and the terrorists had fled. They entered the town at about 7 : 00 pm (1800 GMT ) after taking control of Kuros- Kauwa , which is 15 kilometers (nearly 10 miles ) from the town ,” he told AFP.
The development was confirmed by a resident , who like the officer asked not to be identified for security reasons.
“ I left Baga at about 5:30 pm and I met a huge military convoy heading to the town from Kuros- Kauwa, ” said the local man .
“ They entered Baga unchallenged . Boko Haram fighters had not been staying the night in Baga since they learnt soldiers were preparing to launch a massive attack .”
Some buildings, including the homes of local politicians, chiefs and community leaders , were burnt down in Baga and neighbouring Doron Baga . A hospital, clinic and schools were razed , as was the Naval base in Fish Dam , he added .