Boko Haram militants on Monday evening defeated security operatives and took control of the ancient town of Dikwa in Borno, northeast Nigeria.
Dikwa town is about 90km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and has experienced several attacks from the insurgents since the liberation of the town in 2016.
The town also hosts the military Super Camp 9 where the Army Chief visited last week and gave order for the retaking of Matte, which is about 20km away.
The attack on Dikwa came barely days after the military engaged the insurgents in a battle to retake Marte Local Government Area from the militants.
A sources said, the insurgents have also taken control of the United Nations hub. The source said: “Information indicates Dikwa has been overrun by the NSAG and attempting to gain access into the UNHUB Confirmed…, the AOG penetrated into Dikwa Hub. Urgent response team is needed at the hub please. The hub has been broken by the ISWAP-BHT. They are currently inside the premises of the hub.”