Troops of the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram fighters are currently engaged in a fierce gun battle in Borno state, North East, Nigeria.
The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, made the announcement Monday morning in a post on his Facebook page.
“Please be informed that our troops are currently engaged in fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists at Kareto, Northern Borno State,” Mr. Usman, a colonel, said.
The Army spokesperson also promised to provide details later.
Nigerian troops have in recent months succeeded in pushing out the terror group from most of its bases across the restive north-east.
On Sunday, the Army announced the seizure of a large cache of arms and ammunitions after taking over Boko Haram’s underground armoury.
The Nigerian Army chief, Tukur Buratai, had on Sunday, alongside prominent politicians from Borno supervised the reopening of a major highway linking Borno and neighbouring Yobe State which was blocked by Boko Haram for over three years.
Residents of Buni Yadi, a town held captive by Boko Haram also returned to their town enmasse on Sunday following its liberation by Nigerian troops.
Boko Haram had raided a government-owned secondary school in the town early in 2014 and reportedly killed a number of students while they slept in their dormitories.