More terrorists killed in Nigeria military operation: official

More terrorists killed in Nigeria military operation: official
# 20 February 2015 02:43 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. More terrorists have been killed in a concerted air campaign on Thursday by the Nigerian air force to clear terrorists from all their enclaves, an official said, APA reports quoting XInhua.

Chris Olukolade, the Nigerian military spokesperson, said the air strikes targeted the training camps and logistics dumps of the terrorists in Sambisa forests and parts of Gwoza in the northeastern state of Borno, a province known as the headquarters of the Boko Haram group.

The military operation was highly successful, he said, adding it achieved the aims with required precision.

"The death of a large number of terrorists has been recorded, while many others are also scampering all over the forest and out of the struck bases," the military spokesman said via a statement.

Details of casualty will be determined in subsequent phases of the operation, he added.

More than 300 Boko Haram militants were killed in the last few days of counter-terrorism operations in Borno State, the defense headquarters said earlier on Wednesday.

Several militants, weapons and equipment were also captured.

The latest operation against Boko Haram is coming on the heels of an agreement reached by regional leaders from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger to adopt a coordinated response to the group which has killed about 13,000 people and displaced over one million others.

The African Union Peace and Security Council held in January adopted a resolution to establish an initial 7,500 troops to combat the Boko Haram insurgents.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria's general elections in a new video released Tuesday, after two suicide attacks in northeastern Nigeria blamed on the group killed 38 people.

The group has in the past two months upgraded its practices from bombings, raids and kidnappings to trying to seize territory.