Nigerian Army says closing in on Boko Haram

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The Nigeria army has said that it is closing in on Islamist militia group Boko Haram and has warned them of serious consequences should they fail to surrender.

The military has claimed that more than 200 members of the militant group surrendered on September 25th when its troops regained control of the north eastern town of Banki, a launching point for attacks on neighbouring Cameroon.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has set his military commanders a three month deadline that ends in early November, to end the Boko Haram violence which has killed at least 17,000 people since 2009, mostly in three most affected states in the north east: Borno, Adamawa and Yob.

The military has so far claimed a series of success against the Islamist group, including the rescue of 241 women and children.

Boko Haram however struck again this weekend, killing 41 people and leaving at least 48 wounded in triple explosions in a Chadian city on the shores of Lake Chad.

Lake Chad is bordered by Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon.

The military, through its spokesperson vowed to continue with the search for the kidnapped Chibok school girls.

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