World Bulletin / News Desk
The Nigerian military announced late on Thursday that it had killed eleven Boko Haram rebels and several others captured in attacks near the Cameroonian border.
"The terrorists, who were cornered while trying to escape to Cameroon through Taraba and Adamawa states, came under fire from troops on patrol of the area in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign," army spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement.
"Some of the Boko Haram terrorists had come out of hiding when they could no longer bear the hunger in their makeshift camps in the forest," he added.
"Those apprehended led troops to other hideouts where fierce fighting ensued," said Olukolade.
"Seven terrorists died, while a large number of improvised explosive devices and rifles were recovered, including over seventy motorcycles," added the army spokesman.
He went on to say that a similar encounter in Gombi, in the Adamawa State, led to the killing of four other terrorists.
According to Olukolade, the Multi National Joint Task Force had arrested several Boko Haram militants, including a heavily armed suspect who had claimed dual nationalities of Chad and Burkina-Faso.
The insurgency in Nigeria's northeast has become increasingly bloody with a major relief agency saying in a report on Wednesday that up to 1,000 had been killed in the first three months of the year alone.
A hitherto peaceful organization that had preached against government corruption, Boko Haram suddenly turned violent in 2009 following the murder of its leader, Mohamed Yusuf, while in police custody.
In the years since, the group has been blamed for thousands of terrorist acts, including attacks on churches and security posts across Nigeria's northern region.
Although it claims to want an Islamist government in the region, Nigerian Muslims – most of whom reject Boko Haram as un-Islamic – have also been targeted by the militant group.Last Mod: 28 Mart 2014, 10:14