Just a day before the country’s presidential elections, the Nigerian military has announced that it has retaken the town of Gwoza, Boko Haram’s self-declared capital of its Islamic caliphate. The Nigerian Defense Headquarters tweeted: “FLASH: Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the Headquarters of the Terrorists self-styled Caliphate.” Along with the militants who captured or killed in the operation, the military said it is now working to find escaping Boko Haram fighters and rescue hostages.

According to a BBC report though, the battle was also tragic. A local told their reporter that the militants gathered all of the areas elderly people and said that “as they were unable to defend themselves from a military attack, they would be helped on their way to paradise,” before slaughtering them. The country’s military has teamed with forces from several nations in their fight against the radical Islamic group, known for their campaigns of terrorism, mass abductions, village raids and murder. The military claims it now as recaptured all of the area once claimed by Boko Haram …