Nigerian troops have advanced into New Marte, days after Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents captured the town in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.
The ground troops were backed by combat aircraft during the operations to secure the town and adjoining communities.
According to Mohammed Yerima, a Brigadier General and the Army spokesperson, the troops, Tuesday afternoon at about 3 p.m., recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the terrorists.
He added that the troops destroyed several Improvised Explosive Devices and landmines planted across their routes and killed several insurgents.
“This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru,” the spokesperson said.
Ibrahim Attahiru, a Major General and Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on Sunday, gave a 48-hour deadline for troops to recapture Marte from ISWAP and clear adjoining villages in Marte and Ngala Local Government Area.
He gave the directive while addressing troops of the Nigerian Army super camp in Dikwa.
The Army Chief was reported to have assured the troops of the needed support to carry out the task, which he said must be done within 48 hours.
HumAngle recently reported that ISWAP captured the Nigerian Army base located at the Lake Chad Basin Quarters in New Marte.