The Nigeria military says it killed 60 terrorist fighters and captured a “high ranking terrorist leader” of the outlawed Boko Haram sect in an operation in Konduga, Borno State on Wednesday.
Konduga is about 70 kilometres from Maiduguri the state capital.
The captured leader whose name was not given by the military for security reasons, was said to have been severely wounded in the battle which lasted for over 12 hours, as his group tried vainly to overrun the town.
He is said to be currently receiving treatment in a military medical facility.
In addition to their loss of fighters, the terrorist group also lost weapons and equipments including 24 riffles, five rockets propelled grenade tubes, two machine guns, three Hilux vehicles, one armoured personnel carrier and a Ford Ranger vehicle. Another Ford ranger vehicle was also destroyed.
“Right now, our troops are combing the vicinity of the battle scene in a cordon and search operation to determine the exact casualty figures suffered by the terrorists in the encounter,” the military said.
In another battle which occurred at Benishek on Wednesday, troops fought through an ambush, capturing four motorcycles from fleeing terrorists.
Unfortunately however, one soldier lost his life while four other who were wounded are receiving treatment.