Nigeria’s military said it has killed more than 300 Boko Haram fighters and captured many others in its ongoing six-week counter-insurgency operation when troops recaptured the garrison town of Monguno in Borno state.
In A Statement, Defence spokesperson, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the massive casualty on the insurgents is a result of the ongoing air and land operation in the area in the past two days.
There was no independent verification of the claims, which follow similar assertions about Boko Haram casualties by Niger, Chad and Cameroon involved in the regional fight-back against the militants.
He said several weapons and equipment were also captured while some were destroyed during the operation.
Those recovered include five armoured vehicles, one anti-aircraft gun, 50 cases of packed bombs, eight different types of machine guns and five rocket propelled grenade,while 49 boxes of various types and calibres of ammunition, 300 motorcycles, six Hilux vehicles, including those mounted with anti-aircraft guns, were destroyed.