Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Ibrahim Attahiru speaks at the army headquarters, in Maiduguri, Borno State in northcentral Nigeria, on October 4, 2017

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Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was anticipated to ensure that his troops defeated militant Islamists

Nigeria’s navy has sacked the commander main the combat towards militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

It follows a string of lethal assaults by the insurgents, together with the killing of at the least 50 folks in a mosque within the north-east final month.

No official purpose was given for Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim’s dismissal.

Military chief Gen Tukur Buratai gave him a deadline in July to ship Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau lifeless or alive inside 40 days.

A minimum of 20,000 folks have been killed and hundreds extra kidnapped since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009.

President Muhammadu Buhari took workplace in Might 2015 with a pledge to beat again the militants.

About seven months later, he declared that Boko Haram had been “technically defeated” after the military recaptured most territory that had fallen to it.

Nonetheless, Boko Haram has continued finishing up bomb and gun assaults within the north-east.

In July, greater than 40 folks died throughout a navy operation to free individuals who had been ambushed in a convoy by the militants.

The lifeless included troopers and an oil exploration crew.

Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was appointed to guide the offensive towards Boko Haram within the north-east in Might this yr.

He has been changed with one other common, Nicholas Rogers, who led a particular navy and police pressure to deal with ethnic clashes within the risky central area.

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Abubakar Shekau (centre) has been Boko Haram’s chief since 2009

  • Based in 2002
  • Official Arabic title, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, means “Individuals Dedicated to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”
  • Initially targeted on opposing Western schooling
  • Launched navy operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
  • Designated a terrorist group by US in 2013
  • Declared a caliphate in areas it managed in 2014
  • Most territory now recaptured by military

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