Boko Haram has hoisted its flag in three villages in Borno state after overrunning them on Monday.
The villages — Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah — are near Chibok town, from where the militants captured more than 200 schoolgirls in 2014.
Others sources said the insurgents were still in control of Malam Fatori town, on the Nigeria-Niger border.
Last Sunday, Nigerian troops recaptured the town from the jihadists. However, the insurgents reinforced their ranks and regained control of the town.
The Nigeria army countered the report that Boko Haram hoisted its flags in the villages, Sani Usman, its spokesman, saying: “There is no presence of the terrorists in any of the villages talk less of hoisting flags as alleged.”
Source - BBC