A regional force fighting against Boko Haram has captured Mallam Fatori town in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State, with several of the militant Islamists killed, a Nigerian military statement has said.
It added that the militants had retreated and were consolidating their positions near the Niger border.
The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) is made up of soldiers from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman in statement says, the terrorists had reinforced around Nigeria’s border with Niger Republic but the troops in its operation in Gama Aiki killed several of the terrorists in the resulting encounter and subsequently had to withdraw to a vantage position.
He says the operation is continuing.
Earlier, the Nigerian Army has carried out a clearance operation on remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.
A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that the feat was made by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the early hours of Wednesday.
The operation followed activities of the terrorists around Jororo and Tombaeji villages in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The fighting patrol team came into contact with some Boko Haram terrorists around Gajire village, during which there was a firefight that lasted for about 15 minutes.
“The gallant troops overpowered the terrorists and killed four of them and captured one alive.”
Among other weapons recovered from the terrorists, the victorious troops recovered two General Purpose Machine Guns (GMPG), two AK-47 Rifles and 144 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.