Nigeria's Borno State Says 90% of Boko Haram Militants Killed

The Borno State government has said that 90% of died-hard Boko Haram militants are dead. It also maintains that the military operations and the death of the leader Abubakar Shekau, were to blame for its members' surrender. In addition, the army has stated that 900 defendants were scheduled to stand trial in January while 1,952 terror suspects were being investigated in the northeast.

Boko Haram has for more than a decade been waging an armed insurgency against Nigeria, especially in the country's north-east region. This has led to the loss of thousands of lives. 

According to the 2022 Global Terrorism Index report, the death of Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, significantly affected the militants. The report attributed Boko Haram's decline in attacks in Nigeria, to rival terror group, Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP), and the counter-terrorism efforts of the Nigerian government and foreign military forces. ISWAP split from the Boko Haram militants in 2016 but they remain united in an insurgency against the Nigerian government that has expanded to neighbouring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

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Houses destroyed during battles with Boko Haram in Kousseri, Cameroon on June 11, 2019 (file photo).

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