Nigeria, neighbors launch joint operation against Boko Haram

Boko Haram has been fighting to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria since 2009. The violence has killed at least 20,000 and displaced more than 2.6 million. In 2015, the four neighbors joined forces with Nigeria's tiny western neighbor, Benin, to set up a Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad region.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

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Nigeria, neighbors launch joint operation against Boko Haram

 

Abuja (UNA-OIC) � Four West African states have launched a major offensive against the Boko Haram militant group in Nigeria, the military said on Tuesday, AFP reported.

Soldiers from Nigeria and the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger are targeting a Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and another led by Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad. Both locations are in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

According to the Nigerian military, scores of Boko Haram insurgents have been killed and hundreds of others have been forced to surrender in recent days.

On Tuesday, Army Spokesman Brigadier General Sani Usman said the operation � codenamed "Deep Punch 2" � had been making "tremendous progress".

Boko Haram has been fighting to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria since 2009. The violence has killed at least 20,000 and displaced more than 2.6 million. In 2015, the four neighbors joined forces with Nigeria's tiny western neighbor, Benin, to set up a Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad region.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

 

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