The MultiNational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF), on Thursday captured and occupied Damasak, a town in the North-East state of Borno, authorities said.
Damasak is a boundary town between Nigeria and Niger Republic and is located in Northern Borno. It is one of the last frontiers of the Boko Haram terrorists.
The Chief Military Public Information Officer and spokesperson of MNJTF, Muhammad Dole, in a brief statement to PRNigeria, said the troops also cleared the terrorists from the surrounding villages.
“In continuation with clearance operation of the towns and villages by MNJTF, the troops of Sector 4 in Diffa, Niger Republic 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.”
Mr. Dole, a colonel, added, “While Operation Lafiya Dole is conducting operation to link up with Sector 4 at the location, the troops’ morale remains very high.”
The MNJTF is a combined multinational formation, comprising units, mostly military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. It is headquartered in N’Djamena, Chad, and is mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.