Nigeria Army Says It Destroyed 10 Boko Haram Camps in Northeast

In this file photo, a Nigerian soldier mans a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria.

In this file photo, a Nigerian soldier mans a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria.

Photographer: Lekan Oyekanmi/AP Photo

The Nigerian army destroyed 10 Boko Haram camps in the northeastern Sambisa forest as its forces battle to capture territory held by the Islamist militant group.

A soldier was killed by a landmine and two others were injured during the offensive on Saturday, military spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said late Sunday in an e-mailed statement. Boko Haram members were also killed in the raid, he said, without disclosing the number.

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates as “western education is a sin,” is waging a violent campaign to impose Islamic law in Africa’s largest economy. The war against the group has drawn in neighboring countries including Cameroon, Chad and Niger in a bid to take back territory claimed by Boko Haram to form a so-called caliphate.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. LEARN MORE