Nigerian military airstrikes kill Boko Haram militants in NE region

Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga on August 2, 2019. - Intense fighting between a regional force and the Islamic State group in West Africa (ISWAP) has resulted in dozens of deaths, including at least 25 soldiers and more than 40 jihadists, in northeastern Nigeria. ISWAP broke away from Boko Haram in 2016 in part due to its rejection of indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Last year the group witnessed a reported takeover by more hardline fighters who sidelined its leader and executed his deputy. The IS-affiliate has since July 2018 ratcheted up a campaign of attacks against military targets. (Photo by AUDU MARTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga. (Photo credit AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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