Military kills 300 Boko Haram insurgents; ...recovers large cache of arms, captures more territories

The Nigerian military has inflicted more misery on the retreating Boko Haram Islamic terrorists, killing 300 of them and recapturing more territories in the process.

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, saying that the Nigerian forces inflicted heavy casualties on the depleting terrorists.

Olukolade said that mopping up operation in some of the communities where terrorists have been cleared in the course of ongoing air and land operations against terrorists has indicated massive casualty inflicted on them within the last two days of the counter-terrorism operations.
"Over 300 terrorists were killed while a few were also captured. Several weapons and equipment were also captured and some destroyed", he revealed.
The Defence spokesman also confirmed that five different types of armoured fighting vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun, about 50 cases of packed bombs and eight different types of machine guns, five rocket propelled grenades, 49 boxes of various types and calibres of ammunition as well as 300 motorcycles destroyed in the fighting.

In addition, he said, a total of six Hilux vehicles including those mounted with anti-aircraft guns were also destroyed. However, two soldiers lost their lives while 10 others were wounded in the course of the operation.

Olukolade stated that the cordon and search operations is continuing along with aggressive patrols by troops who are now dominating the 11 cleared communities including Monguno, Gabchari, Abba Jabari, Zuntur, Gajigana, Gajiram, Damakar, Kumaliwa, Bosso Wanti, Jeram and Kabrisungul.

He assured that "the various phases of the highly coordinated air and land operations is also ongoing in the designated theaters being handled by contingents involved in the renewed counter terrorism campaign in and outside Nigeria"

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