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Nigeria's army has captured a key Boko Haram camp, the militant group's last enclave in the vast northeastern Sambisa forest that was its stronghold, President Mohammadu Buhari said on Saturday.

Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during its seven-year insurgency to create an Islamic state governed by a strict interpretation of sharia law in the northeast of Africa's most populous nation.

The militant group controlled an area in the northeast around the size of Belgium in early 2015 but has been pushed out of most of that territory over the last year by Nigeria's army and troops from neighbouring countries, moving to a base in the Sambisa forest, a former colonial game reserve.

“I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that the camp fell at about 1:35pm on Friday, December 23, and that the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide,” Buhari said in an emailed statement.

Buhari said the capture of Camp Zero marked the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa forest”, which is in northeast Nigeria's Borno state.

It follows a large-scale offensive in the forest by the Nigerian military in the last few weeks.

Reuters was unable to independently verify whether the camp had been captured.

The military has said in the last few days that Boko Haram fighters are running away from the forest into surrounding areas and people have been told to be vigilant.

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S. A. M. Dec 24, 2016 06:06pm

that's a very good news. these terrorists must all be rounded up and given the punishment they deserve.

Hassan Dec 24, 2016 06:19pm

Great news. The tide is turning now. Pakistan is crushing Talibans, ISIS is being uprooted in Iraq and Syria and now Boko Haram is on the run.

People are realizing that terrorists are just misusing the religion and their subversive activities have nothing to do with Islam.

2016 has been better than 2015 and 2017 shall be even better.

Desi Dimag Dec 24, 2016 07:52pm

Kill them all as soon as possible.

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 24, 2016 08:14pm

The key camp is their mindset, that should be dismantled and replaced by moderation, the key to success & respect as according to our faith, Islam...

Agha Ata Dec 24, 2016 08:49pm

Army captured the house of a murderer, but the murderer wasn't even there. A big victory. :)

Dr. Farooq khan Dec 24, 2016 09:15pm

Good News. Thank God. We are progressing. I dream to see the Muslim world with no extremists. All kinds of extremists are bad.

GAK Wazir Dec 24, 2016 09:21pm

A Pyrrhic victory.