LAGOS, Dec. 30 (Xinhua)
At least 63 Boko Haram fighters were killed in raids by the Nigerian army following recent pre-dawn attacks on a military barracks in Bama town by the militant sect in the northern state of Borno, a military spokesperson said on Monday.
The military launched ground and air
operations on terrorists locations in the forest at ALAFA, about 21 km from Bama, dealing a heavy blow to Boko Haram fighters, said Major General Chris Olukolade, the defense director of information.
“Over 56 terrorists died in the ensuing
intensive fight over the weekend and in another development, troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force foiled an attempt by terrorists who were massing up on an island on Lake Chad with a view to carrying out an attack on some Nigerian communities,” Olukolade said.
He added that another seven of the
terrorists died while others fleeing in
different direction towards Niger and
Chad are being trailed by troops. Two soldiers were wounded in the
operation which is meant to track fleeing terrorists, Olukolade added.
The Nigerian forces have been raiding
militant camps and launching air and
ground attacks on suspected hideouts of the militants over the past two months. Over 50 Boko Haram terrorists were killed less than 10 days ago in the course of exchange of fire with ground troops in the northeast restive state of Borno.
Borno State, located in Nigeria’s
northeast region, is a flashpoint of
attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram since 2009, when the sect launched its insurgency targeting churches, security facilities, schools and villages.