Two towns in northeastern Nigeria have been liberated from Boko Haram control by government forces, after the African country declared a six-week war against the extremist group.
Nigeria’s military recaptured the northeastern towns of Mungono and Marte from Islamist Boko Haram insurgents on Monday, the military announced on its Twitter account.
The insurgents had seized Mungono, on the shores of Lake Chad, last month in a triple offensive that also targeted a town called Konduga and the outskirts and the airport of the main northeastern city of Maiduguri.
Nigeria’s government declared a six-week war against the militant forces of Boko Haram, seeking to eradicate the terrorist threat ahead of future elections.
The increased military focus will be aided by the joint African operation already being set up in the northeastern region – involving neighbouring countries such as Chad, Cameroon and Niger – all of whom have been increasingly affected by Boko Haram attacks.