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Army Replaces Commander in War Against Boko Haram After Six Months

07 December 2017, 05:48 | Henrietta Morgan

Army Replaces Commander in War Against Boko Haram After Six Months

Nigerian police in Borno state pose prior to a patrol in former Boko Haram headquarters in Maiduguri

He takes over from Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, who was appointed to the post just seven months ago and now has been reassigned to the army's policy and planning department.

At least 20,000 people have been killed and thousands more abducted since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009.

NIGERIA'S military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The Nigerian Army has removed the Theatre Commander of the counter-insurgency operation, Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East, Maj.

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The insurgents continued to stage daring attacks including on military formations.

Borno State Governor Ibrahim Shettima said the government's long-term plan is to corral civilians in fortified garrison towns - effectively ceding the countryside to Boko Haram.

Though a large number of Boko Haram hideouts were raided and many terrorists including kingpins reportedly killed by soldiers during the period, well over 50 soldiers including officers were killed between May and now.

Another suicide bombing was witnessed on December 2 when two teenage suicide bombers attacked Biu market killing at least 18 persons and injuring 52 others.

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. -Gen. Rogers Nicholas, military sources said yesterday.

The latter is the former Commander of the special Security Task Force (operation Safe Haven) in Jos.

However, the official announcement of the new appontment is yet to be made by the Army.

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