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Nigeria to Retake Boko Haram Territory in One Month - President

© REUTERS / Afolabi SotundeNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan addresses party supporters during his 2015 presidential election campaign in Gombe February 2, 2015
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan addresses party supporters during his 2015 presidential election campaign in Gombe February 2, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan expressed hope on Friday that all the country's territory seized by Islamist militant group Boko Haram will be retaken within a month.

Nigerian troops patrol in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Mubi, some 20 kms (14 miles) west of the Cameroon border - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Boko Haram, currently controlling several Nigerian northeastern towns, initiated military operations in the country in 2009 to impose Islamic rule.

"I'm very hopeful that it will not take us more than a month to recover the old territories that hitherto have been in their [Boko Haram's] hands," Jonathan told the BBC, adding that the militant group was getting "weaker and weaker by the day."

On Tuesday, just 10 days before President Jonathan is to face re-election bid, the Nigerian army said it had squeezed back all but three districts of the northeast in an offensive against Boko Haram militants.

Authorities in Cameroon have acknowledged the deaths of 25 Boko Haram suspects being held in custody by security forces, AP reports. Photo: Cameroonian soldiers patrol in Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from the Nigerian border. - Sputnik International
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Boko Haram is an Islamist terrorist group which was founded in 2002 and initially focused on opposing Western-style education. The group seeks the establishment of a caliphate in West Africa, and is currently operating on the border of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Earlier this month, Boko Haram posted an audio file online saying the group wanted to join ranks with the Islamic State (IS), a jihadist group that seized vast territories in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate.

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