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Nigeria confirms death of 55 Boko Haram activists in a multilateral operation

Fifty-five Boko Haram militants have been killed in the past two days in a joint operation by Nigerian, Chadian, Cameroonian, Beninese and Niger forces, the Nigerian army said on Thursday.

Joint multinational security forces also seized large-caliber ammunition in the Lake Chad Basin, said Timothy Antigha, a Nigerian army officer and spokesman for the multinational forces.

The operation against terrorists took place in Tumbun Rego, a major haunt of terrorists in Lake Chad, Antigha said.

The bodies of 33 neutralized terrorists were found in Tumbun Rego, while another 22 were killed in a separate operation in Arege, a Nigerian border town known as another Boko Haram hideout near Lake Chad.

Antigha said the operation would be intensified through attacks, ambushes and fighting to drive the terrorists out of their last bastion of Lake Chad.

Last December, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and his counterparts from the Lake Chad Basin Commission re-committed to ending the Boko Haram insurgency, declaring “the final battle”.

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