Nigerian army captures key Boko Haram hideout

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Nigeria’s army has captured a key Boko Haram camp, the Islamist militant group’s last enclave in the vast Sambisa forest that was its stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday.

Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency to create an Islamic state governed by a strict interpretation of sharia law in the northeast of Africa’s most populous nation.

The group controlled an area about the size of Belgium in early 2015 but has been pushed out of most of that territory over the last year by Nigeria’s army and troops from neighbouring countries, shifting to a base in the Sambisa, a former colonial game reserve.

 

The Nigerian Army has captured a key camp belonging to Islamists militant group Boko Haram, believed to be the group’s last enclave in the vast Sambisa forest that was its stronghold.

Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency in the West African country, aimed at creating an Islamic state governed by sharia law.

The Islamist militants have killed more than 15,000 people and displaced more than two million others during the seven year period.

The group controlled an area about the size of Belgium in early 2015 but has been pushed out of most of that territory over the last year by Nigeria’s army and troops from neighbouring countries, shifting to a base in the Sambisa, a former colonial game reserve.

Boko Haram yesterday released 20 girls that have been in captivity since they kidnapped them from their school in Chibok in April 2014, to go celebrate Christmas with their families.