A large number of terrorists were on Friday killed by troops of the Nigerian military in Borno State, the defence headquarters has said in a statement.
The troops laid ambush for the terrorists between Maiduguri and Damboa during a mop up operation in the area, killing several of them and recovering weapons and other equipment from them.
The terrorists were in the process of attacking electricity engineers working to restore power in some parts of Borno, the statement said.
The exact number of casualty could however not be ascertained, the defence headquarters said on its website.
It said the ongoing mop up operation would determine the number of terrorists felled in the encounter.
Items recovered include a repainted Hilux vehicle stolen by the terrorists from the Borno State Ministry of Education (the vehicle was mounted with an ant-aircraft gun), rocket propelled grenades and rifles.
The military also destroyed a Hilux truck laden with Improvised Explosive Devices.
Two soldiers however died in the operation.
In another encounter, military engineers clearing terrorists IEDs and effecting repairs on some destroyed bridges, repelled an attack on Husara, also in Borno state.
Many terrorists, the military said, died during the encounter while four General Purpose Machine Guns, three rifles and two Rocket Propelled Grenade Launchers were captured.
One soldier died in this incident while three others suffered various kinds of injury.
Read full statement by the defence headquarters below:
An ongoing mopping operation will determine the number of terrorists who died in the encounter with troops on patrol between Maiduguri and Damboa on Friday. The clash followed the troops’ move to stop the terrorists who were in the process of attacking the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Engineers who were working to restore power to parts of Borno State.
A large number of the terrorists died in the process while their IED laden Hilux vehicle was destroyed. The troops also captured a Hilux vehicle earlier stolen by the terrorists from the Borno State Ministry of Education which they have repainted and mounted with an Ant-Aircraft Gun. Other weapons recovered by troops include Rocket Propelled Grenades and rifles. Two soldiers died in the encounter.
In a similar development, Military Engineer troops who have been clearing terrorists IEDs and effecting repairs on bridges repelled an attack while working on a bridge around Husara. Several terrorists also died in the encounter. A total 4 General Purpose Machine Guns, 3 rifles and 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher were captured from the terrorists during the encounter. One soldier however died while 3 other were wounded in the encounter.
In Adamawa State, troops are conducting land patrol of towns including Mubi, Uba, Garkida, Muva and others as the advance by coordinated air and land operations continues in areas where the counter terrorists campaign is ongoing to clear the terrorists operating anywhere in the state.