Troops of the Nigerian Nigerian army on Friday liberated Gwoza, the self-styled, headquarters of terrorist group, Boko Haram in the northeastern Nigeria.
The announcement seals the recapturing of most of the towns hitherto held by militants.
With the liberation of Gwoza from the grip of Boko Haram, almost all areas hitherto controlled by the terrorists group have been liberated by the army in operations with troops from neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
According to the Director of Military Information, Chris Olukolade, Troops on Friday morning captured “Gwoza, destroying the headquarters of the terrorists’ self-styled caliphate,” after fierce fighting.
“Several terrorists died while many are captured. Mopping up of entire Gwoza and her suburbs is ongoing,” it added.
It will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan had on Wednesday predicted Gwoza in the Borno State will be recaptured from the militants by Friday.
Last year, Boko Haram went from attacking communities and planting bombs to capturing entire towns.
In mid-2014, the group declared a self-styled “Islamic caliphate” in areas seized in the northeastern Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
The army announcement also comes on the eve Nigeria’s presidential and parliamentary elections on March 28.
Nigeria is fighting a six-year Boko Haram insurgency that is reported to have claimed over 13,000 people and displaced over 1.5 million people in the northeastern region.