World Bulletin/News Desk
The Nigerian military announced on Sunday that it had recaptured the town of Chibok in the northeastern Borno State from Boko Haram, while reports suggested that the militants have overran a new town in the neighboring Adamawa State.
"Terrorists who attacked Chibok town early yesterday have been effectively flushed out," the defense headquarters said in a tweet on Sunday morning.
"Subsequent mopping up is still ongoing," it added.
"Troops continue pursuit of fleeing terrorists and arrest of the wounded," said the military.
"Normalcy is restored. Chibok is secured," it insisted.
The militants had overrun the town, from where they had abducted over 200 schoolgirls in April, on Thursday, leaving many people dead.
The military's announcement came amid reports that the insurgents have taken over Hong town in Adamawa State after they were expelled from Mubi and Maiha, two towns very close to the provincial capital Yola.
"The militants have occupied Hong after they were defeated at Maiha and Mubi by combined forces of vigilante and troops," Shuaebu Aliru, a resident of Maiha, told Anadolu Agency by phone.
"They are in Hong although vigilantes are advancing on the area and may soon chase them away," he added.
In recent months, Boko Haram has captured numerous towns and villages in Nigeria's northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed as a result and tens of thousands displaced.
A state of emergency imposed on the trio of states is due to expire this week.
It is not clear whether the Nigerian government will seek to extend the state of emergency, which has been criticized for failing to rein in the militants.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in Nigeria's local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption.
The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks on places of worship and government institutions, along with thousands of deaths.
Along with Nigeria, Turkey and the U.S. have both designated Boko Haram a terrorist organization.
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