Nigerian troops kill five Boko Haram militants, rescue four hostages

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)
YOLA, NIGERIA – DECEMBER 06: Local hunters known as Vigilantes armed with locally made guns are seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before they move to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

At least five Boko Haram militants have been killed and four hostages rescued by Nigerian troops on separate operations in the country’s northeast region, the military said on Tuesday.

The Boko Haram militants were killed on Monday in a gunfight in the village of Buni Gari, located in the Gujba local government area of the northern state of Yobe, said Benard Onyeuko, a spokesperson for the military.

Onyeuko said a number of other terrorists sustained gunshot wounds during the gunfight, as their attempt to infiltrate the Buni Gari village was thwarted.

“A woman and three children were rescued unhurt in another operation aimed at clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram group in the northeastern state of Borno on Monday,” the spokesperson said, adding that the rescue occurred in a Boko Haram enclave in the village of Miyanti in the Bama local government area.

A large cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the terrorists, including one rocket-propelled grenade launcher, he added.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

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