Nigeria's military announced that is has recaptured the town of Monguno on Monday, a city in the northeast of Borno state, which was seized by Boko Haram on January 25.
Troops in an operation led by highly coordinated air assaults have completed the mission of clearing terrorists from Monguno & environs. /1— DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA (@DefenceInfoNG) February 16, 2015
In addition, the Nigerian military announced that several truckloads of supplies intended for Boko Haram were captured, as the country continues its operation against Boko Haram, which the government pledged to finish before the March 28 election. The town of Monguno also contains a military base, making it an important position for the Nigerian military.
Boko Haram Attacks Cameroonian Military Base
Boko Haram fighters launched a cross-border raid on Monday, attacking a military base near the Cameroonian town of Waza.
"The wounded are being evacuated. The insurgents have been stopped. An APC (armoured personnel carrier) was taken from them and several of them were killed," a Cameroonian officer told journalists.
Chad Launches Special Ops Exercises
"This exercise takes place in a regional environment with major security issues posed by terrorists, in particular Boko Haram," the director of the exercise, Chadian Brigadier General Zakaria Ngobongue said at the opening of the exercises.
Leaders Gather in Cameroon to Talk Strategy
Leaders of Chad, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic gathered in Cameroon's capital Yaounde to formalize their strategy against Boko Haram.
"We must eradicate Boko Haram," Cameroon's president Paul Biya announced at the meeting, which discusses the deployment of 8,700 African Union troops to combat the group.
Boko Haram is a militant group, which aims at establishing an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. Large swathes of land in the Borno State, as well as in neighboring Adamawa and Yobe are believed to be under control of the Islamists. The Boko Haram insurgency has left over 13,000 people dead since 2009.