Nigeria’s Offensive Against Boko Haram Slowed by Landmines

Nigeria's military is confident it has Boko Haram cornered, but a final push to clear the Islamist militants from their forest hideouts is being hampered by landmines, it said on Saturday. Major General Chris Olukolade, spokesman for Nigeria's defense headquarters, told Reuters in an interview, “Everywhere they have their havens, they have mined it all around." Boko Haram grabbed a swathe of Nigeria's northeast bigger than Belgium in 2014 and caused a global outcry when it abducted over 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok.