MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Residents and military sources say extremists have seized a Nigerian town and a base for a multinational force fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
One military source tells The Associated Press that reinforcements trying to retake the town have been repelled, with some casualties. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
The attack on the northeastern town of Baga comes as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in February's election. He took office in 2015 vowing to defeat the Boko Haram extremists, who have split as one faction pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.
One fleeing resident, Musa Hajaye, tells the AP that the extremists "have hoisted their flag and warned us of the evil fate of saboteurs."