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Nigerian army claims surrender of 68 Boko Haram terrorists

The news of the surrender was, however, overshadowed by the suicide attack at Muna Garage area in Maiduguri, Borno state on Wednesday.

FILE: A Nigerian soldier stands guard near the Yobe river on the outskirts of the town of Damasak in North East Nigeria in April 2017 as thousands of Nigerians who were freed from Boko Haram insurgents, return to their homes. Picture: AFP

NIGERIA - The Nigerian army says that 68 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered within the last three weeks.

The army is linking the surrender of the terrorists to its current air and artillery bombardments of the group's enclaves in Borno State and part of north east Nigeria.

The Deputy Director of Public Relations of the Nigeria army - special operation code named Lafiya Dole - Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu attributed the decision of members of the terrorist group to surrender to what he described as the uncomfortable state of the terrorist's enclaves owing to the blockade placed by soldiers and the sustained bombardments.

He said those who have surrendered are currently undergoing rehabilitation and de-radicalisation programmes.

The news of the surrender was, however, overshadowed by the suicide attack at Muna Garage area in Maiduguri, Borno state on Wednesday which killed two people with 11 others reportedly injured.

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