According to reports, Marte town in Borno has been recaptured by Boko Haram members after about 2000 of them stormed the town on Thursday April 23, 2015 and engaged Nigerian troops in a gun battle, forcing the soldiers to flee the town.
A resident of Marte town, Imamu Habib told reporters that “The terrorists, numbering over 2,000, appeared from various directions on Thursday and engaged the soldiers in Kirenowa town and adjoining communities in Marte. They fought with soldiers over the night and the fight continued yesterday (Friday), forcing hundreds of soldiers to flee”
The resident revealed that many people were killed during the shootout while many homes were destroyed.
Marte town is believed to be rich in oil due to its proximity to Lake Chad, has been attacked twice by the sect members.
The terrorist group first captured the town in 2012 but were chased out by Nigerian troops shortly after the declaration of state of emergency in Borno state in 2013. They also attempted to take over the town the second time in 2014 but were forced out by Nigerian troops.