25-05-2020 09:16 AM Jerusalem Timing

Boko Haram Recaptures Key Town in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram Recaptures Key Town in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram extremists have recaptured the strategic town of Marte in northeastern Nigeria’s restive Borno state, a regional official said early on Saturday.

Boko HaramBoko Haram extremists have recaptured the strategic town of Marte in northeastern Nigeria's restive Borno state, a regional official said early on Saturday.

"It is sad as we have been made to understand that Marte has today completely fallen under the control of the insurgents, which to us is a very huge setback," said Mustapha Zannah, vice governor of the Borno state.

The town, located along a strategic trading route between Nigeria and neighboring Cameroon and Chad, has traded hands between the jihadists and government troops numerous times since 2013.