Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015. Chadian and Nigerien soldiers took the town from Boko Haram militants earlier this week. The Nigerian army said on Tuesday it had repelled Boko Haram from all but three local government districts in the northeast, claiming victory for its offensive against the Islamist insurgents less than two weeks before a presidential election. Picture taken March 18. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun - RTR4TZO2
Boko Haram fighters sacks village of Shawa in Askira Uba, Borno state
Boko Haram fighters riding on bicycles yesterday morning sacked the village of Shawa in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno state.
A member of the Civilian JTF in the area, ISTIFANUS APAGU said the militants believed to have a camp in the nearby Damboa Local Government burnt down all the houses in the village whose inhabitants had just returned recently.
The vigilante member said several villagers were missing.
He also called for establishment of a military base in the area so that returnees can feel secured in their homes.
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