The Nigerian military says it has retaken Marte Local Government Area in the northeast Borno State from Boko Haram insurgents.
Army spokesperson, Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement issued today.
The insurgents had taken the town from Nigerian troops last week following a deadly ambush in which an undisclosed number of soldiers were killed.
The recovery of the town comes after Nigeria’s new Army Chief, Major General Ibrahaim Attahiru, had visited troops in the frontline and charged them to recover the town in 48 hours.
The army spokesperson confirmed the troops killed several BH terrorists in the counter attack.
“Troops of Nigerian Army troops this afternoon, around 3 p.m., 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 (IEDs) 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.”