Boko Haram ‘ousted from Sambisa forest bastion’
The Nigerian military has driven militants from Boko Haram last camp in the forest Sambisa their stronghold
Said President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide,” Mr. Buhari in a statement.
He added that the decline in the Islamist camp at 13:35 local time (12:35 GMT) on Friday.
The army has participated in the past few weeks in a major offensive in the woods.
The former colonial reserves a huge game in Borno State, northeast.
There has been speculation that some schools Chibok kidnapped in 2014 were being held in the jungle.
He said some of the abducted girls who escaped shortly
after they were detained remained there.
The army has regained large swaths of territory controlled by the group Boko Haram since the start of the campaign in February.
Mr. Buhari issued a statement congratulating the armed forces of the process,
describing the apparent success of the “long-awaited and more gratifying.”
“I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the design and the courage
and steadfastness of the troops from Lafiya countries in the process of entering
and finally crushing the remnants of the insurgents Boko Haram,” he said.
Boko Haram is still waging suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria and neighboring Niger and Cameroon.
It is believed that the group, which has killed more than 15,000 people and displaced more than two million over the seven-year insurgency in the region.
Leader Abubakar Shekau, who has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State,
promotes the version of Islam that forbids Muslims from taking part in any political or social activity associated with Western society.