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Boko Haram ousted from town, village

17 March 2015, 07:01

Lagos - Troops have ousted Boko Haram from a northeastern town while Cameroon soldiers killed several of the extremists in an attack on a village, military officials reported Monday of the latest successes in a multinational bid to curb the uprising in the northeast.

"Nigerian troops have this afternoon routed terrorists from Bama... Mopping up operation is ongoing," the Nigerian Defence Headquarters announced on Twitter referring to a town held by the insurgents for more than six months.

An earlier tweet on Monday said they had "completed clearing terrorists out of Goniri" in neighbouring Yobe state.

By last week, the regional offensive that began at the end of January had liberated 36 towns, Mike Omeri, the government spokesperson on the insurgency, said Wednesday.

Also Read:Yobe state cleared of Boko Haram

Cameroon Colonel Jacob Kodji said forces from his country attacked Boko Haram militants from Borno state's Ndaba village on Thursday and Friday, killing several of the extremists and destroying some of their vehicles and ammunition.

The Cameroonians acted after Ndaba residents reported that Boko Haram militants were massing in the hills around the village, 20km from the border with Cameroon, Kodji said.

The militants were believed to have been fleeing from air raids on Bama, he said.

Bama video

Boko Haram seized Bama in September and in December published a video showing gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in what looks like a school dorm there. A leader says they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers.

There are so many corpses in the video that the gunmen have difficulty stepping to reach bodies still twitching with life.

Boko Haram this month joined the Islamic State group in the Middle East, which last week urged fighters to go to its "West Africa Province." This has increased fears about the internationalisation of a conflict that for nearly six years has been largely limited to northeast Nigeria.

- AP

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