Date
25 November 2017
Nigerian soldiers patrol the town of Madagali on the weekend, a week after retaking it from Boko Haram. Photo: AFP/Nigerian army
Nigerian soldiers patrol the town of Madagali on the weekend, a week after retaking it from Boko Haram. Photo: AFP/Nigerian army

Nigeria claims major victories against Boko Haram

The Nigerian army said it had repelled Boko Haram from all but three local government districts in the northeast, Reuters reported.

The military claimed victory in its offensive against the Islamist insurgents less than two weeks before a presidential election.

At the beginning of the year, Boko Haram controlled about 20 local government areas, a territory the size of Belgium, in its bloody six-year-old campaign to carve out an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria.

But a concerted push by Nigeria’s military and neighbors Chad, Cameroon and Niger has regained considerable ground.

At the weekend, Nigerian government forces recaptured the city of Bama, the second-biggest in Borno state in the northeast.

“We have three local governments remaining, Abadam, Kala-Balge and Gwoza, and we are optimistic that with time we will liberate those,” Lieutenant-General Tobiah Minimah, the army chief of staff, told reporters Tuesday.

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