New Boko Haram strategy focuses on fortress towns in Nigeria

After eight years of conflict with Boko Haram, Nigeria has a new strategy to protect its citizens from the terrorist group: fortress towns.

Some of the nearly 2 million displaced people who have fled rural areas in northeast Nigeria now will be housed in fortified towns, ringed by farms, with the rest of the countryside effectively left to fend for itself.

This new vision for the Borno state is a stark admission of the harsh reality on the ground.

For two years, the military and government have said Boko Haram is all but defeated, and the remnants are being mopped up.

However, the military is largely unable to control territory beyond the cities and towns it has wrested back from Boko Haram.

Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno state, said it was not possible for people to live in small villages.

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