Nigerian military say about 7,000 extremist militants surrender in one week

By on March 24, 2022

LAGOS,(XINHUA) – At least 7,000 extremist militants, comprising members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have surrendered to Nigerian government troops in the past one week, a senior military official said on Wednesday.

An onslaught on ISWAP and Boko Haram militants has continued to record significant successes, said Christopher Musa, commander of an ongoing military operation in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state.

“This is evident as thousands of insurgents alongside their families continued to lay down their arms in different parts of Borno to accept peace,” he told reporters in the northeast city of Maiduguri.

Those surrendered and their families are expected to be carefully profiled by the Nigerian army and other stakeholders before they undergo rehabilitation processes, Musa said.

The military and other security agencies will continue to devise and implement effective strategies to bring terrorism in the region to a speedy end, he said.

ISWAP has been collaborating with its sister group, Boko Haram, to establish an Islamist state in northeast Nigeria. The terror groups have also extended their attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

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