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Nigeria’s Government Claims Victory Over Boko Haram

ICC Note:

After a year-long effort to defeat Boko Haram, the Nigerian government has claimed victory. Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, announced that the army captured Boko Haram’s last stronghold in the northeastern Sambisa forest on Friday. According to President Buhari, this area was called Camp Zero and the last place for the Islamist militant group to regroup and hide. Third-party organizations have not had the opportunity to independently verify the Nigerian government’s victory or that Boko Haram cannot regroup. Even if Camp Zero is now in the military’s control, it is unlikely that the militants’ terrorization will stop in the near future. Vulnerable groups, like Nigeria’s Christian population, will require continued protection. Hopefully, this defeat will prove crucial in ending Boko Haram’s bloody dominance in Nigeria.

12/24/16 Nigeria (The Guardian): Nigeria’s army has captured Boko Haram’s last enclave in the vast Sambisa forest that was the Islamist group’s stronghold, the country’s president has announced.

“I was told by the chief of army staff that the camp fell at about 1.35pm on Friday and that the terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide,” Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement.

He said the capture of the camp marked the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa forest”, which is in Borno state in north-eastNigeria.

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