The Nigerian army has captured Marte, an area in the state of Borno, from a warehouse of suspected members of the Islamic State in the West African province (ISWAP).
Mohammed Yerima, an army spokesman, confirmed developments Tuesday for TheCable.
“Yes, we have occupied that area,” he said.
The development comes after Ibrahim Attahiru, the chief of military staff, he gave the soldiers 48 hours to retake the city and other enclaves held by the rebels.
The army chief on Sunday asked troops to clear areas around Marte, Chikingud, Kirenova, all the way to Kirta.
He also assured the soldiers that the necessary measures would be taken for everything necessary to ensure a satisfactory performance on the ground.
“You must not let this nation down. Go back and do what is necessary, and I will be right behind you, ”the army chief said on Sunday.
Earlier on Tuesday, TheCable reported how ISWAP members held about 100 villagers in Marte.
Military sources told TheCable that the captured villagers were used as human shields against military offensives.
“Soldiers on the ground are in close proximity, but NAF air support air strikes have been stopped to avoid the casualties of civilians being held hostage,” one source said.