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NIGERIAN MILLITARY DESTROY BOKO HARAM CAMPS

NIGERIAN MILLITARY DESTROY BOKO HARAM CAMPS
MONDAY 18TH MAY 2015

After a surge in attacks by Islamic Boko Haram extremist group which included suicide bombings, assaults on a business school and villages and a repelled night-time raid by hundreds of fighters on the biggest military base in northeast Nigeria, Nigeria’s military have destroyed 10 more Boko Haram camps. The military have not only ruined bases but have also killed many of Boko’s militants and seized heavy weaponry from the north-eastern Sambisa forest.

Over the weekend, Boko Haram recaptured the town of Marte, 100km (62miles) north-east of Maiduguri, from the army, which had held it for just two months.

It is the first town the militants have seized since losing most of their territory in recent months. The attack on the Sambisa forest camps came on the same day a female suicide bomber killed at least six people at a bus station in the north-eastern town of Damaturu.
According to BBC News the Nigerian police say they are investigating but said it appears to have been carried out by Boko Haram.

BOKO HARAM, WHO ARE THEY?

Founded in 2002
Official Arabic name, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, means "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad"
Initially focused on opposing Western education
Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
Designated a terrorist group by US in 2013
Declared a caliphate in areas it controlled in 2014
Most territory now recaptured by army

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