The Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, has announced the capture of Damasak, a town bordering Nigeria and Niger in northern Borno State, from Boko Haram.
Damasak, the capital of Mobbar Local Government Area, had been a stronghold of the insurgents, where attacks have been launched against troops on several occasions. The MNJTF said it is one of the last frontiers of Boko Haram.
The MNJTF, with headquarters in N’Djamena, is a collection of soldiers from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic, and Benin Republic. In a statement signed by spokesperson for the body, Muhammad Dole, a Colonel, Damasak was captured on Thursday.
“In continuation with clearance operation of the towns and villages by MNJTF, the troops of the Sector 4 in Diffa Niger Republic have successfully cleared Sure village, captured and occupied Damasak town today by 1000hrs.
“The forces are coordinating to stabilize the immediate environs. The gallant troops fought their way into the town with Close Air support by combined Air Operation from MNJTF member states,” the statement read, adding that troops’ morale remains high.