According to a report by Sahara Reporters, Boko Haram insurgents have on Monday, September 1, 2014 attacked Bama, the 2nd largest city in Borno state in an attempt to take over the town, meeting tough resistance from Nigerian troops in the city leading to a heavy exchange of gunfire.
In a bid to escape the crossfire, the Emir of Bama alongside several civilians have fled to Maiduguri to seek refuge.
According to eye witnesses the insurgents arrived Bama early on Monday, September 1, 2014 brandishing and firing mortars, RPG’s and grenades, with the battle still raging at as press time.
Bama is said to be large strategic city with half a million inhabitants. In the event of the sect taking the town, together with the military arsenal in it, it might just be a short while before the sect attacks the state capital, Maiduguri which is a mere 40miles from Bama.