Nigerian soldiers retreat from mined Boko Haram stronghold

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– Nigerian soldiers retreated from Islamist group Boko Haram’s last known stronghold in country’s Thursday, concerned the area was booby-trapped after three pro-government vigilantes were killed by a landmine.

A vigilante and a security source both confirmed the pullback from the Sambisa forest, a day after an offensive aimed at rooting out the insurgents.

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“The soldiers have retreated Bama because of mines. They had been on the road but that made them vulnerable, so they moved to the bush but there are mines planted there (too),” one , did not want to be named, told Reuters.

(Reporting by Ardo Abdallah; Writing by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura; Editing by Tim Cocks; editing by John Stonestreet)