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The Nigerian Army has recaptured the strategic town of Banki in Borno state from Boko Haram.

Troops deployed to the area also arrested a terrorist commander between Pulka and Gwoza in the state.

This was disclosed via a statement released on Thursday, September 24, 2015, by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sani Usman.

It reads:

“Heroic Nigerian troops have today captured the economic important and strategic town of Banki town in Borno State which is equally noted for fishing.”

“The gallant troops have completed exploiting through the town and terrorists’ famous Boko Haram Islamiyah (An Islamic School) building.”

“In addition, the soldiers have destroyed 7 Boko Haram camps and successfully detonated 7 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The troops have succeeded in discovering and detonating 13 IEDs between Darel Jamal and Banki.”

“During the encounter to recapture the town, several Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several others were captured alive between Banki junction and Ngorosoye.”

“The recapture of the strategic town was facilitated by concerted efforts of the Nigerian Air Force and close liaison with the Cameroon’s Army.”

“In a related development, a renowned terrorist trying to escape with his family, was intercepted by troops between Pulka and Gwoza and has surrendered himself to the troops.”

The army had also previously rescued 241 women and children from the sect’s camps in Borno.

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