Boko Haram Islamist insurgents abandoned camps in northeast Nigeria’s Nafari and Gonin Kurmi as the West African nation’s military continued its offensive against the rebels.
“The noose is tightening around the terrorists,” Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters said in a post on Facebook on Monday. “Nigerian troops are gradually clearing all known camps, enclaves and dens of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast.”
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people since it began its campaign of violence in 2009. In a video posted on YouTube last week, an unidentified man claiming to be a member of Boko Haram restated the group’s allegiance to Islamic State and denied claims made by the Nigerian army that it’s close to defeating the rebellion.