Nigeria's military on Saturday claimed to have retaken the town of Baga from Boko Haram, the scene of what is feared to have been the Islamist militants' worst atrocity of the six-year insurgency.
"Troops have this afternoon captured #BAGA after fierce battle with terrorists. Heavy Casualties. Mopping up ongoing. Details later," the military said on its Twitter account @defenceinfoNG.
There was no independent corroboration of the claim. Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, was overrun by Boko Haram on January 3. Hundreds of people, if not more, are feared to have been killed, and thousands fled.
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