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Nigerian troops kill 85 Boko Haram militants in September

  • Published at 12:50 pm October 1st, 2021
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Nigerian military secure an area where a man was killed by suspected militants near Maiduguri, Nigeria, February 16, 2019 Reuters

Some 43 suspected terrorists, their collaborators, and suspected logistics suppliers were also arrested

A total of 85 Boko Haram militants were killed in anti-terror operations by the Nigerian troops in the country's northeast region in one month, reports Xinhua quoting a military spokesman.

At a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Bernard Onyeuko, the spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, said a total of 2,783 Boko Haram militants.

Their family members also surrendered to troops following intense fire from artillery and air bombardment between September 2 and September 30 in the northeastern state of Borno, he added.

Some 43 suspected terrorists, their collaborators, and suspected logistics suppliers were arrested during the period, Onyeuko said, adding various arms and ammunition belonging to the Boko Haram group were also impounded.

According to the military spokesman, the Nigerian troops had sustained the operational tempo in land and air offensives against terrorists and other criminal elements in the theater of operation, with several encounters with terrorists at different locations in September.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. The terror group has also extended its attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin. 


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