Nigerian troops backed by air support have killed over 300 Boko Haram fighters during an operation to recapture 11 towns and villages over the past three days, according to the military, on Wednesday.
“Several weapons and equipment were also captured and some destroyed,” defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said in a statement. However, two soldiers lost their lives and 10 more were wounded in Borno state.
According to him, the communities liberated by the troops are Monguno, Gabchari, Abba Jabari, Gajigana, Gajiram, Damakar, Kumaliwa, Bosso Wanti, Jeram and Kabrisungul.
The defence spokesperson also said that a number of Boko Haram fighters had been captured and weapons and equipment seized. These include 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. 300 motorcycles were destroyed in the bombardment.