Nigerian troops captured the northeastern town of Alargano, considered the “spiritual” base of the Boko Haram Islamist group, after a 10-day siege that ended on Monday, a military official said.
“This operation demystified the Boko Haram spiritual power base in Alagarno,” Lucky Irabor, commander of counter-insurgency operations in the country’s northeast, told reporters on Tuesday in the city of Maiduguri. “Several Boko Haram terrorists were killed along the route.”
Boko Haram is in the seventh year of a violent campaign to impose its version of Shariah, or Islamic law, on Africa’s most populous country of about 180 million people. Nigeria is almost evenly split between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.