A joint force from Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon said on Sunday that it had killed more than 100 rebels, including 10 military officers, in recent weeks, as it intensified ground and air strikes in the Lake Chad area.
Boko Haram fighters and their militants, who are divided in the West African province (ISWAP), have been fighting the Nigerian military for more than a decade in clashes that have raged in neighboring countries.
A spokesman for the multinational joint task force, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said troops had gone deep into rebel-held enclaves in the Lake Chad area and found several weapons, food and illegal drugs.
“During this operation, well over a hundred terrorists have been inactive, including over 10 top commanders following deadly airstrikes by joint airstrikes on the Chadian secret service,” Dole said.
Dole did not say the period of the operation or the number of soldiers killed, but said 18 soldiers had been wounded by artificial bombs planted by retreating rebels.
The insurgency is concentrated in northeastern Nigeria and has left thousands dead after fleeing millions from their homes to refugee camps.
Nigeria increased after the United States approved a $ 1 billion arms deal last week. US lawmakers have suspended the deal over concerns about possible human rights abuses by the Nigerian government.
Boko Haram has been on the back foot since its leader, Abubakar Shekau, died last May in a battle with rival ISWAP. Nigeria says thousands of Boko Haram fighters and their families have given up since last year.
West African Union forces say more than 100 rebels have been killed in recent weeks – SABC News
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