Several Boko Haram militants were killed following a series of airstrikes by the Nigerian military on the fringes of Sambisa Forest in the country’s northeast region, a military spokesman said on Saturday.
John Enenche, spokesman for the Nigerian military, said in a statement that the airstrikes were conducted on Friday at Bula Korege, a location that served as the terror group’s logistics distribution center and meeting point on the fringes of Sambisa Forest.
The Sambisa Forest is known as the largest training camp of the Boko Haram group in Nigeria.
During the airstrikes on Friday, one gun truck belonging to the terror group was destroyed, said Enenche.
Military fighter jets spotted a large number of terrorists and a gun truck within the settlement, taking out some structures and neutralizing several terrorists. The military official declined to give an accurate figure of the Boko Haram militants killed during the operation.
The military spokesman said that the occupants of the gun truck, who had attempted to flee, were mopped up in follow-on attacks by fighter jets.
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.