Twenty-seven Boko Haram militants have been killed in the latest clearance operation aimed at routing remnants of the terror group along Nigeria-Cameroon borders, Nigerian army said on Monday.
Many arms and ammunition belonging to the terror group were recovered and their gun trucks destroyed by troops of Nigeria and Cameroon who jointly carried out the operation on Sunday.
In a statement, Nigerian army spokesman Sagir Musa said the troops’ encounter with the terrorists took place in the northern part of Wulgo, Tumbuma, Chikun Gudu, and Bukar Maryam villages — all on the Nigerian side.
There was no casualty on the part of the Nigerian and Cameroonian forces, Musa said.
According to him, a number of coordinated military operations are ongoing, especially in the fringes of Gombaru-Ngala and surrounding areas to deal with terrorists fleeing from the onslaught of the Multinational Joint Task Force of Nigeria, Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.
In March, more than 100 Boko Haram militants were killed in multilateral operations along the Nigerian borders.
Last December, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and his colleagues of the Lake Chad Basin Commission renewed their commitment to ending the Boko Haram insurgency, declaring “a fight to finish.”
Boko Haram has been trying since 2009 to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad basin.
The group posed enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges in the basin, according to the United Nations.