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lagos, nige­ria » The Boko Haram ter­ror­ist group has fi­nally been crushed — driven from its last for­est en­clave with fight­ers on the run and no place to hide, Nige­ria’s pres­i­dent de­clared Satur­day.

His vic­to­ri­ous state­ment came as the Is­lamic State group, with which one fac­tion of Boko Haram is al­lied, claimed that a suc­cess­ful at­tack on an army bar­racks in north­east Nige­ria’s Yobe state “killed and wounded many.” The com­mu­nique on so­cial me­dia said the at­tack took place Thurs­day, the same day Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari said troops de­feated Boko Haram in its Sam­bisa For­est strong­hold in neigh­bor­ing Borno state.

It was an in­di­ca­tor that de­spite Buhari’s an­nounce­ment, Nige­ria is un­likely to see an end soon to the deadly sui­cide bomb­ings, vil­lage at­tacks and as­saults on re­mote mil­i­tary out­posts in north­east­ern Nige­ria car­ried out by the coun­try’s home­grown Is­lamic ter­ror­ist group.

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