SONY DSCTroops are currently battling Boko Haram terrorists in a determined bid to retake Damasak, a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic.

Highlights:

  • The battle for the reclamation of the town is being waged by Nigerian troops and forces of neighbouring countries
  • Damasak is a town at the border between Borno and Niger Republic
  • Boko Haram took hold of the town in November 2014

Details
The battle for the retake of the town is being waged by Nigerian troops in conjunction with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF).

Damasak is one of the boisterous border towns of Borno State where farm produce like beans, pepper and tomatoes are produced in commercial quantity.

It is close to Diffa in Niger Republic and was seized by the terrorists in November 2014, as part of Boko Haram campaign to create an Islamic caliphate.

The militants attacked Damasak and Ashigarchi towns in Mobbar local government area of Borno in their hundreds killing over 50 persons in Damasak alone on November 15, 2014.

The sect members drove in Hillux vans and motor bikes into the town burning vehicles, houses and forcing hundreds of residents to flee to the Cameroonian borders.

Top security and military sources confirmed that the ongoing battle, which commenced hours ago overrules reports last week that the town was recaptured by forces of a foreign country collaborating in the Multinational Joint Task Force.

Troops have heightened offensive against the Boko Haram since the general elections of the oil rich nation was postponed on February 7 by the electoral body, citing security situations in the north-east.

Since the postponement, the military has reclaimed over 37 communities from the Boko Haram and had completely cleared Adamawa State of terrorist.

As a result of the heightened offensive against the Boko Haram, more towns are expected to be reclaimed in days.

 

NP/PRNigeria

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