Regional forces retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram
Iran Press TV
Mon Mar 9, 2015 1:22PM
Troops from Chad and Niger have managed to liberate a Nigerian town from the Boko Haram terrorists, as the regional alliance against the Takfiri group continues its advances in western Africa.
Around 200 militants of the Boko Haram terrorist group were reported killed on Monday in the operation which saw the Nigerian town of Damask liberated.
A Chadian security source said three Chadian soldiers were killed and 20 others wounded in the offensive which began Sunday as part of a regional effort to purge Nigeria of the Takfiri militants.
Officials in Niger also confirmed the recapture of the town, which had been under Boko Haram's control over the past four months.
The heavy fighting comes as the Takfiri group, which has been wreaking havoc in Nigeria for the past six years, recently pledged allegiance to the ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria.
In an audio message last week, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, voiced his support for ISIL's cruel massacre of the innocent people in the two Arab countries.
The Nigerian terrorist group has expanded its militancy across the borders over the past months, killing hundreds of civilians and making many others homeless.
Officials in the Nigerian army also announced late February that the government in Abuja is determined to recapture towns from Boko Haram in north of the country. They said the war against the militants will soon end.
The militancy has claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people. Some 1.5 million Nigerians have been also displaced with many of them escaping into the neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
African Union on Friday decided to establish a regional force of up to 10,000 men to battle the terrorist group.
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