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    Monday, 26 December 2016

    Boko Haram 'Ousted From Sambisa Forest Bastion'

    CONFIRMATION: President Muhammadu Buhari

    According to President Muhammadu Buhari: "The terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide."
    The Islamists' camp fell at 13:35 local time (12:35 GMT) on Friday, he added.
    The army has been engaged for the last few weeks in a major offensive in the forest, a huge former colonial game reserve in north-eastern Borno state.
    There has been speculation that some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 were being held in the forest, after it was named by a small number of girls who escaped.
    Buhari said in his statement that efforts to find the remaining girls would be intensified, and went on to congratulate the armed forces on the Sambisa operation, calling the apparent success "long-awaited and most gratifying".
    "I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents," he said.
    The army has recaptured significant areas of territory previously controlled by Boko Haram since an offensive began in February.
    The militant group still stages suicide bombings in the northeast of Nigeria and in neighbouring countries, Niger and Cameroon.
    Leader Abubakar Shekau, who has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, promotes a version of Islam that forbids Muslims from taking part in any political or social activity associated with Western society.BOKO HARAM militants have been driven out from their last camp in the Sambisa forest by the Nigerian Army.
    According to President Muhammadu Buhari: "The terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide."
    The Islamists' camp fell at 13:35 local time (12:35 GMT) on Friday, he added.
    The army has been engaged for the last few weeks in a major offensive in the forest, a huge former colonial game reserve in north-eastern Borno state.
    There has been speculation that some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 were being held in the forest, after it was named by a small number of girls who escaped.
    Buhari said in his statement that efforts to find the remaining girls would be intensified, and went on to congratulate the armed forces on the Sambisa operation, calling the apparent success "long-awaited and most gratifying".
    "I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents," he said.
    The army has recaptured significant areas of territory previously controlled by Boko Haram since an offensive began in February.
    The militant group still stages suicide bombings in the northeast of Nigeria and in neighbouring countries, Niger and Cameroon.
    Leader Abubakar Shekau, who has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, promotes a version of Islam that forbids Muslims from taking part in any political or social activity associated with Western society.

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