Maiduguri — Dozens of emaciated-looking Boko Haram members begging for food have surrendered, the military and a civilian self-defense fighter said Wednesday.
Seventy-six people including children and women gave themselves up to soldiers last Saturday in Gwoza, about 100 kilometers southeast of Maiduguri, according to a senior officer.
All are being detained at military headquarters in Maiduguri, according to the officer. He insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.
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The detainees said many more fighters want to surrender, a self-defense civilian fighter who helped escort them to Maiduguri told reporters.
Food shortages could indicate that the military is succeeding in choking supply routes of the Islamic extremists who have taken their fight across Nigeria's borders.