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Nigerian army regains control of Chibok

Chibok is where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists seven months ago.

FILE. The Nigerian army is urging residents of Chibok, who’d fled in terror last week, to return to their homes.  Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Nigerian army says it's regained control of the northern town of Chibok, where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists seven months ago.

The mainly Christian town was captured by the Boko Haram militants on Thursday.

The Nigerian army is urging residents of Chibok, who'd fled in terror last week, to return to their homes.

They'd been driven out by Boko Haram fighters who were riding into the town and fired shots from motorbikes and vans.

Colonel Sani Usman says Chibok was recaptured at the weekend by troops of the Nigerian army's seventh division.

Boko Haram retains control of several towns in the region, waging a reign of terror.