(Reuters) – Graffiti and Boko Haram’s black and white flags were all that remained of the Islamists in Damasak after troops from Chad and Niger seized the town in northeastern Nigeria in the latest defeat for the militants.
The town had been partially looted before it fell on Saturday but witnesses said there were few signs of fighting. Soldiers who patrolled the streets said morale was high after a string of military successes against the Islamist group.
Chadian authorities took Reuters and other media to visit the town.
Troops from the two countries entered Nigerian territory via Doutchi in Niger on Saturday and confronted Boko Haram. The militants fought back with landmines and gunfire, said Colonel Toumba Mohamed, who leads Niger’s forces in the effort.