Nigerian troops kill 75 Boko Haram militants in clearance operation

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)
Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga, in Nigeria’s restive northeast, on August 2, 2019. The country’s military has announced casualty numbers for the month of October after extensive operations against Boko Haram. (AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigerian troops killed 75 Boko Haram militants in about a month’s time in an ongoing operation in the restive northeast region, an official confirmed late Tuesday.

The troops also recovered war equipment including four gun trucks, one Bedford truck and three anti-aircraft guns between Sept. 28 and Oct. 31 in the “Operation Fireball,” said military spokesperson Benard Onyeuko in a statement.

He added that the troops lost one officer and two soldiers in action over the period.

Onyeuko said the troops will continue their clearance operations against Boko Haram and other criminal elements.

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