World Bulletin / News Desk
The Nigerian army killed nine Boko Haram fighters and injured several others in a Thursday night raid on suspected hideouts in the country's restive northeastern region, the military announced in a statement late Friday.
Army spokesperson Col. Mohamed Dole said that army troops had seized large quantities of ammunition and three motorcycles.
"The Nigerian army killed nine terrorists while others fled with various degrees of injuries along the Rimanti-Alagarno road in the Damboa local government area of Borno State on Thursday," the statement read.
Dole said the encounter had taken place in a Boko Haram camp "on the off shores of the Sambisa Forests."
The last few weeks have seen the Nigerian army successfully route group members in several encounters.
However, some military insiders say these "much-reported successes" could be part of an ongoing propaganda war waged by the government against them.
The army announcement came only hours after Nigeria secured its first-ever conviction of a Boko Haram operative. It also followed a recent US decision to designate Boko Haram and its Ansaru splinter group as "foreign terrorist organizations" amid widening US interest in the conflict.
Boko Haram, a hitherto peaceful organization that had preached against corruption, suddenly turned violent in late 2009 following the murder of leader Mohammed Yusuf while in police custody.
Blamed for thousands of deaths across Nigeria's northern region – especially the three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa – the sect claims that it wants to establish a regional government.
The group has been blamed for torching churches and attacking security checkpoints.
In recent years, scores of prominent Muslim scholars and northern politicians who have voiced opposition to the group have been killed or injured by suspected Boko Haram gunmen.
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