ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Twenty Boko Haram fighters have been killed by
Nigerian forces in an ongoing operation to rout remnants of the
terrorists, the Nigerian military said Wednesday.
Antigha, the army spokesman, said 17 other Boko Haram fighters
were captured by the military strike force fighting to smoke out
the terrorists inhabiting remote islands in Lake Chad basin
within the Nigerian territory.
said following the military operation, which started about two
weeks ago and was preceded by coordinated air and artillery
bombardment, the Nigerian troops rescued over 100 elderly men,
women and children.
According to the spokesman, six soldiers who were injured during
the operation are receiving treatment at a military medical
preliminary investigation revealed that many of the rescued
people were held against their will and forced to work on farms
with penurious wages, Antigha noted.
has made a considerable gain on the Boko Haram front, with its
security forces having dislodged Boko Haram fighters from the
Sambisa Forest, their last enclave in the country