Nigeria military says Bama city recaptured from Boko Haram

March 16, 2015 7:56 PM

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ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian government forces recaptured the northeastern city of Bama from Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, the army said on Monday, a significant victory for the government just two weeks before a national election.

Boko Haram had held Bama, situated in Borno state where their six-year-old insurgency to establish a medieval-style Islamic caliphate has been centered, since September last year. Their campaign expanded over the past few months with cross-border incursions into Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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