"They are preventing the population from leaving. We have been trying to get our employees out, but they can't leave," Mr. Komnotogo said. "They have parked their pickup trucks inside the courtyards of empty homes. They have beards. And they wear boubous [a flowing robe]. No one approaches them. Everyone is afraid."
"The jihadists have split up. They don't move around in big groups. … They are out in the streets, in fours and fives and sixes, and they are living inside the most populated neighborhoods," he said, explaining that they had taken over the homes of people who managed to flee before the road was cut off.