AA / Abuja
The Nigerian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday the elimination of 48 Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country.
In a press statement, Nigerian Defense Ministry deputy spokesman Bernard Onyoko said the military carried out operations against elements of the organization in Borno State between 14 and last August 27.
He claimed that 48 Boko Haram terrorists had been eliminated and others, wounded, escaped during the operations, that 20 leaders of the organization had been arrested and 565 others had surrendered to the armed forces.
Since 2009, Boko Haram violence has claimed more than 20,000 lives and displaced millions of people in Nigeria.
Since 2015, the organization has also launched attacks in neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
“Boko Haram” is a Nigerian armed organization, founded in January 2002. It calls for the strict application of Islamic law in all states, even those in the south with a Christian majority and announced in March 2015 its affiliation with the organization terrorist Daesh.
* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni
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