The Nigerian Army says it is closer to ending the Boko Haram insurgency with the capture of the group’s last strongholds in Northern Borno.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, said this in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

He said the capture of the terrorists’ last stronghold in Northern Borno was a pointer to the level of success recorded by the army.

“As you know, Malamfatori is in our kitty; our troops are consolidating on the capture of Malamfatori, Abadam and Gashigar,” Irabor said.

“The last time we met I told you that we were looking forward to capturing these areas which were the last strongholds of the Boko Haram terrorists; that we have done successfully.”

Irabor said that since the September 27 capture of the areas, the army had consolidated its position by keeping the place safe.

He however expressed regret that the army lost some soldiers and equipment in the battle for the areas.

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