Nigerian forces take back strategic town from Boko Haram

Nigerian army retakes critical town located in Cameroon border from Boko Haram

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Photo by: AA

Nigerian forces retake border town from Boko Haram

Nigerian forces on Tuesday took back vital Cameroonian border town in Nigeria, which hosts the headquarters of the Borno State government, from Boko Haram militants.

The twin towns, Gamboru and Ngala, located in Borno State, lies on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, and has been under the control of Boko Haram militants for several months.

Army spokesman, Sani Usman, said in a statement posted on Facebook that “the army today retook the economic and strategic town of Gamboru-Ngala in Borno State from Boko Haram."

Usman did not say whether any Boko Haram militants or military forces had been killed in the recovery operation.

The Chadian army had alleged that they took the twin towns from Boko Haram in March, however, later withdrew citing failure of the Nigerian troops in occupying the town.

The residents of the town suffered dearly after it was captured by the militants last year, as militants’ assaulted and killed many. 

Boko Haram was founded in 2002, to oppose Western-style education and started their military operations in 2009. They pledged allegiance to ISIS and has announced itself as its West African Province in April of 2015.

Since 2009, Boko Haram militants have started a brutal uprising in Nigeria's northeast and has recently increased their attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon.




TRTWorld and agencies