Nigerian military: Town where Boko Haram killed hundreds is liberated

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerian troops retook the strategic northeastern town of Baga — where hundreds died when Boko Haram attacked it last month — on Saturday, the West African nation’s top military spokesman said.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said that “a large number of terrorists … drowned” in Lake Chad and others were killed in the fighting to take the fishing town.

Lake Chad touches four countries — Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon — all of which have been targeted in recent weeks by Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group blamed for ongoing horrific attacks, abductions and other abuses.

According to Olukolade, Nigerian troops entered Baga early Saturday morning and, hours later, moved into a “comprehensive … search phase (to) mop up arms and ammunition and also apprehend any terrorist who might be hiding in the vicinity.”