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Regional troops recapture Nigeria town from Boko Haram

Nigerian troops are pictured in 2015 crossing a reconstructed bridge, previously destroyed by militants, in the northeastern town of DamasakNigerian troops backed by a regional force have recaptured the northeastern town of Damasak where Boko Haram killed more than 200 and abducted hundreds of children two years ago, the army said Friday. “MNJTF (Multinational Joint Task Force) troops… have successfully… occupied Damasak,” the army said in a statement, indicating it was part of an operation to clear militants out of towns and villages. The Chad-based MNJTF comprises troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin as part of regional efforts to end the seven-year Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad region.

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