by Isi Esene
The Nigerian military have announced the recapture of the North-eastern community of Baga, Borno State.
The important border town was taken over by insurgent elements in January after killing residents and burning their houses to the ground.
The Defence Headquarters have, this afternoon, announced their victory over the rampaging insurgents who were said to have suffered high number of casualties in the fierce battle that ensued.
See tweet below:
FLASH: Troops have this afternoon captured #BAGA after a fierce battle with the terrorists. Heavy casualties on them. Mopping up ongoing.
— DEFENCE HQ NIGERIA (@DefenceInfoNG) February 21, 2015
During the Boko Haram siege, Amnesty International had accused the Nigerian government of receiving advanced warning of the attack without taking appropriate measures to repel it, an allegation which has been denied by the military.