The Nigerian military says 40 members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram have been killed when troops of the Nigerian military descended heavily on three of their camps in Borno State in the last 72 hours.
The Military also admitted that they lost 11 of their men in the mopping up operations in Konduga, Damboa and Benisheik areas of Borno State in the space of three days.
Benishek lies to the west of Maiduguri along the Damaturu road. Terrorists have been trying to attack Maiduguri, the State capital through that part and the Eastern flank of the city.
The troops succeeded in forcing the insurgents to beat a retreat in Konduga, Beneshiek and Damboa where they made a number of attempts between Thursday and Friday September 25-26, 2014.
“A multi barrel T55 tank, nine 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”, a source said.
“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.
“The 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”.