Nigerian Troops Recapture Damasak From Boko Haram

TOPSHOTS Nigerian troops celebrate after taking over Bama from Boko Haram on March 25, 2015. Nigeria's military has retaken the northeastern town of Bama from Boko Haram, but signs of mass killings carried out by Boko Haram earlier this year remain. AFP PHOTO / NICHOLE SOBECKINichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images
Troops of the multi-national joint task force (MNJTF) have recaptured the boundary town of Damasak in Borno state from Boko Haram insurgents.

This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the force’s chief military public information officer, Muhammad Dole.

Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney
The statement averred that the troops also cleared the sect members from the surrounding villages.

“In continuation with clearance operation of the towns and villages by MNJTF, the troops of the sector 4 in Diffa (Niger) have successfully cleared Dutse Village, captured and occupied Damasak town today (Thursday) by 1000hrs,” he said.

The public information officer stated that the forces are coordinating to stabilise the immediate environs.

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Dole also explained that the troops fought their way into the town with close air support by combined air operation from MNJTF member states.

“While Operation Lafiya Dole is conducting operation to link up with sector 4 at the location,” he said.

Damasak is one of the towns which Boko Haram turned to its stronghold during the height of insurgency.

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