Boko Haram Still holds territories in North East Nigeria

Boko Haram Islamists are still holding on to some territories in Nigeria’s troubled northeast, state governors from the region said on Thursday, after the military claimed a series of major victories against the Islamists. Borno and Yobe governors told a monthly national economic council meeting in Abuja that the rebel group, whose insurgency has claimed more than 15, 000 lives since 2009 , still controlled five municipalities within their states.

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“On Boko Haram issues, governors of Yobe and Borno raised the alarm of five local government areas of the two states still being in possession of the insurgents,” an official document made available to reporters after the meeting said.

Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the northeast have suffered the brunt of the Boko Haram insurgency.

 A regional military coalition of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon has claimed a series of major victories against Boko Haram since launching sweeping offensives against the jihadists in February.