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Nigeria: Boko Haram Militants Surrender to Military


Boko Haram militants have surrendered to Nigerian military after struggling to feed their bellies in northeastern Nigeria.

Around 76 militants including children and women gave up after begging for food in Gwoza, about 60 miles southeast of Maiduguri.

All were arrested at military headquarters in Maiduguri; the home ground of Boko Haram.

A self-defence fighter says that other members of  the group want to surrender after being deprived of food.

Well it shows that Nigerian military is blocking the food supply to Islamist militants who have been fighting across Nigeria’s borders, reports Al Arabiya.

Last year in September and October, around 200 Boko Haram militants  surrendered to the Nigerian Military. The military assured them of a rehabilitation under a de-radicalization program to those who surrendered from their own will.

Nigeria appointed a new general, Maj. Gen. Iliyasu Isah Abbah, in 2015, to lead multinational army to fight Boko Haram. The appointment came after President Muhammadu Buhari decided to fight against ISIS in collaboration with neighbouring states.

Buhari has also moved the military headquarter from the distant capital, Abuja, to the centre of the north eastern insurgency.

The military has chucked out several insurgents from towns and villages having bases of Islamic caliphate. While Boko Haram is trying its terror-tactics to create fear among people.

Boko Haram, founded in 2002, is an islamist militant group based in northeastern Nigeria. The group is active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. In 2009, the group launched various operations. Thousands were killed in the operation in north eastern Nigeria.  Later, the group joined hands with Islamic State and called it as IS’s “West African province”.

The Star reports that an estimated 20,000 people have died in the 6-year old rebellion of Boko Haram.  While a study said that Boko Haram is the “world’s deadliest militant group” more ferocious than ISIS. The Global Terrorism Index revealed that the militant group have killed 6,644 as compared to 6,073 blamed on Islamic State in 2014.

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