Nigeria’s army said it attacked Boko Haram militants fleeing from the northeastern Sambisa Forest late Tuesday after an air force bombardment.
“The fleeing terrorists in seven pick-up vans and some motorcycles mounted with assorted weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns were decisively dealt with, killing quite a number of them,” the army said in posts on its Twitter account on Wednesday. “The troops have intensified their patrols and offensive actions against the terrorists in the area.”
The Nigerian army said last month there was no area in the northeastern state of Borno that was still under the control of Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people and displaced over a million in its six-year campaign to impose its version of Shariah law on Africa’s most populous nation.
The rebels are still able to mount attacks and then retreat however, army spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said July 26.