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Nigerian Army Recovers All Communities Captured by Boko Haram - Official

© REUTERS / Joe PenneyNigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015
Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
The Nigerian army has managed to regain control over all the communities previously captured by Boko Haram militant group in the northeastern part of the country, the head of the local National Emergency Management Agency said as quoted by local media on Saturday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He added that this success was possible because of the courage of the local soldiers and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the fight against Boko Haram.

"There is no community that has not been liberated from Boko Haram now," Sani Sidi told reporters in the city of Kaduna.

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On Thursday, Buhari told the BBC that his country "technically won the war" against Boko Haram since the militants had lost capability to carry out conventional attacks against security forces or populous areas.

Northeastern Nigeria has been mired in a conflict since 2009, when the Boko Haram extremist group began large-scale attacks in the region, seeking to impose strict Sharia law. In February, the group expanded its attacks to neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad, prompting these states' governments to launch a regional offensive against them.

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