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Boko Haram No Longer Has Stronghold in Nigeria

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

Buhari said, “the terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide.

Nigerian military has been carrying out a large-scale offensive sweep in the Sambisa forest during the last couple of weeks, a vast former colonial game reserve that has been the group’s base.

Boko Haram declared loyalty to Islamic State in 2015 and had been seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.

At one point the Islamists controlled a region almost the size of Belgium.

The militant’s seven-year insurgency has left more than 20,000 people dead and another 2 million others displaced in the region.