Nigerian soldiers have sacked Boko Haram insurgents from Alagarno, a town in Damboa local government area of Borno state.
A senior military source said the insurgents were fleeing the town which happens to be one of the insurgents’ strongholds. He added that he believed their leader, Abubakar Shekau, was among those now on the run.
According to the military source, the insurgents were driven out of the town in a military operation in which the Nigerian military used sustained air bombardment for several days.
Alagarno, which is located in the southern part of Borno State, is near Sambisa forests where the Islamist group first took more than 200 schoolgirls they abducted from the town of Chibok in Borno State. The town is approximately 130 miles from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.