Nigeria’s military is moving into the northeastern Boko Haram hideout in the Sambisa forest and is focusing operations on areas it believes more than 200 abducted schoolgirls from Chibok are being held.
“Presently, the military is moving into the Sambisa forest after taking Alagarno, Gwoza, Bama, Malam Fatori, Abadam, among others,” Mike Omeri, an Abuja-based government spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday. “Our intelligence indicates that the present military operation is focused in the area where the girls are believed to be held.”
On Tuesday, rallies and events were held in Nigeria to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Boko Haram’s abduction of the girls from the northeast town of Chibok, which provoked an international outcry. The majority of the students are still missing.