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Nigerian Army eliminates 46 members of terrorist groups

Lagos, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian Army reported today that they eliminated 46 suspected terrorists in different military operations in the east and north of the country during the last two weeks.

Military sources informed that the operations were carried out against the groups Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) as a result of which another 89 alleged terrorists were arrested.

Musa Danmadami, army spokesman, in statements on Friday, also said that 511 members of both Boko Haram and ISWAP and their family members, including 161 women and 251 children, voluntarily surrendered to the security forces.

According to official sources, this raid is also part of the strategy developed in conjunction with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNTF), based on exerting maximum pressure on the insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin region.

Commanded by the Nigerian Army, the Ftmnc includes contingents from the Armed Forces of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, countries in which the Islamists also operate with ambushes and bombings.

Both Boko Haram and its splinter group ISWAP are trying to impose an Islamic state in Nigeria, a country with a Muslim majority in the north and a Christian majority in the south. Both armed groups have already killed almost 35,000 people and displaced another two million in recent years.


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