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Boko Haram's reign of terror continues

Boko Haram fighters have invaded two towns in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state.

A screengrab taken from a video released on YouTube on April 12, 2012 apparently shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C) sitting flanked by militants.Picture:AFP.

PRETORIA - Boko Haram fighters have invaded two towns in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state.

This comes a day after hunters and civilian vigilantes ousted them from a key town in that state.

The militants raided Hong and Gombi, about 100km from the state capital, Yola.

Earlier in the week, they were pushed out of the commercial hub of Mubi, which they'd held for a fortnight.

Boko Haram has taken more than two dozen towns in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states in recent months, as part of its quest to establish a hardline caliphate in the region.

The invasion of Hong and Gombi saw them move closer to Yola.

Thousands of residents have been taking refuge in the city from the violence.

The jihadist group burned down the police station, the local government secretariat and the market after overpowering the police.

On Tuesday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised to defeat Boko Haram as he announced he would stand for a second term in February elections.