Nigerian troops retake Marte

The Nigerian Army has recaptured the Northeast town of Marte, following a 24-hour ultimatum given by the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

In a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, on Tuesday;

“Troops of Nigerian Army this afternoon, around 3pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the devilish Boko Haram terrorists.

“This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.

“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force, successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.

“The gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area.”

The town of Marte was seized few days ago by the insurgents.

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