(NIGERIA MOMENT). Abuja –
Nigeria’s military defense Spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said on Thursday it was still advancing against the Islamist group Boko Haram’s last known stronghold. This dismisses earlier rumor that land mines had forced them to retreat. The rumor suggested that the troops pulled back from the Sambisa forest after three vigilantes were killed driving over an anti-vehicle mine.
General Chris told Reuters that, “It’s not true that our troops are retreating, in fact we are still marching forward in Sambisa. Our troops are still in there.”
Reuters also reported that the Sambisa forest, a former colonial game reserve, is about 100 km (60 miles) from the village of Chibok, from where Boko Haram abducted more than 200 secondary schoolgirls a year ago. Intelligence officials believed they were being held in the forest, but U.S. reconnaissance drones failed to locate them.
“Three of our boys were killed by a landmine as we progressed into Sambisa. We’ve suspended going farther,” Muhammad Mungonu, the vigilante, told Reuters.