Boko Haram retakes strategic northeastern Nigerian town
Extremist group Boko Haram has retaken a town in northeastern Nigeria, which had been liberated in February. It’s a loss to government troops fighting to push the fighters out of the area.
The state deputy governor of Borno confirmed the militant group had taken back the town of Marte.
“It is sad as we have been made to understand that Marte is today completely fallen under the control of the insurgents, which to us is a very huge set back,” Zannah Umar Mustapha said.
The town sits on a strategic trading route between Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, and has been in and out of jihadist control several times since 2013.
Militants also attacked the village of Kojiti in neighboring Adamawa state, killing seven people.
Both areas had been cleared of the Islamist insurgents in late February.
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Source News: DW