The Nigerian military on Saturday said it has further subdued the extremist Boko Haram sect by killing over 40 of its fighters in three different locations in the North-east zone.
PRNigeria, an agency that distributes press releases for Nigeria’s security agencies, quoted military officials as saying a multi barrel T55 tank, 9 rifles, two machine guns, two rocket-propelled grenade tubes, five boxes of ammunition and other weapons were covered from the terrorists.
Eleven soldiers however died in the attack while 15 others are receiving treatment for various degrees of injury while three others are missing.
The military also claimed it has repelled attacks from splinter cells of the sect in other locations.
The military has in the past two weeks launched an all-out onslaught on the terrorists, killing many while some of them reportedly surrendered to troops.
This week, the military claimed it had killed the group’s leader, popularly known as Abubakar Shekau.
PRNigeria also said that the terrorists have been beaten back in most communities in Borno State.
Read the full statement by PRNigeria below.
PRNigeria News Release
Nigerian Troops Repel Further Terrorists Attacks… Scores Killed…. Weapon Seized
Stubborn, dare devil and ready to die terrorists continued to push against the military despite receiving heavy bashing in the last two weeks in North-Eastern Nigeria.
During the period, many of their top commanders including the one pretending to be Shekau were eliminated. Nonetheless, splinters cells continued to confront the military in fierce battle but Nigerian troops vanguished them although with casualties on both sides
PRNigeria gathered from top military sources that despite the progress being made in efforts to decimate and contain insurgents, splinter cells of the terrorists group are still trying to carry out snap attacks on some communities. They were however effectively beaten back in communities such as Konduga, Beneshek and Damboa where they made a number of attempts on Thursday and Friday September 25-26, 2014.
A multi barrel T55 tank, 9 rifles, two Machine Guns, two Rocket Propelled Grenade tubes, five boxes of ammunition and other weapons were captured from them while over 40 of the terrorists died in the encounters in the three locations.
Troops also conducted a raid on terrorists’ enclave at Shindig. In all the operations a total of 11 soldiers died while 15 others are being treated for injuries sustained in the battles. Three are still missing.
Meanwhile, air and land operations are ongoing to clear the terrorists from other communities where their activities have become prevalent recently in the states under the state of emergency.