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Boko Haram still controls parts of Nigeria - US general

11 March 2016, 06:35

Abuja - A top army official from the United States has claimed that contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari's previous utterances, Boko Haram still controls parts of northern Nigeria, Naij has reported.

General David Rodriguez, a commander of the US Africa Command (USAFRICOM), made his assertions on Tuesday during his testimony before the US Senate Armed Forces Committee.

“Actually sir, Boko Haram does hold some significant territory in Northern Nigeria as do Al-Shabaab in limited areas of Somalia,” he said.

Also read: US avails funding to cushion Boko Haram refugees

Speaking in response to a question over Al Shabaab and Boko Haram strongholds, Rodriguez added that detaining and degrading Boko Haram remains a top priority for USAFRICOM.

“We are watching carefully for signs that the threat posed by Boko Haram to U.S. persons is growing as a result of the group’s alignment with ISIL,” he was quoted as saying.

Rodriguez's utterances come almost two months after President Muhammadu Buhari claimed that Boko Haram did not have strongholds in the northern parts of the country during a meeting with Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-ki Moon.

Read more at Naij

- News24


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