Boko Haram militants are not about to give in the face of severe pounding of their hide-outs in the northeast zone of Nigeria, just as they reportedly killed residents who were unable to flee when they re-invaded Gwoza town in Borno state; a Senator and witnesses have said.
A female resident who fled Gwoza and requested anonymity said the insurgents rounded up elderly men who were studying the Koran outside the home of a local cleric.
The men were later executed in front of their wives, the witness told AFP from Yola, capital of neighbouring Adamawa state. “The Boko Haram men brought out brand new guns from cartons, tested them and shot dead all the men who they forced to lie face down,” she said.
Some of the details were supported by area Senator Ali Ndume, who also confirmed the large build-up of insurgents in Gwoza. “Boko Haram insurgents have in recent days been converging in Gwoza where they killed many male residents and chased women and children out of the town,” said Ndume.
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