Two Nigerian soldiers were killed by land mines as they advanced towards the northeastern town of Dikwa in Borno state, the army said on Friday.
Two others were “critically” injured in the explosion and are receiving treatment at a military hospital, army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in an e-mailed statement.
Seperately, Nigerian troops cleared the town of Gudumbali, also in Borno, of Boko Haram Islamist militants, Usman said. “Quite a number of the terrorists were killed,” he said.
The army said last month there was no area in 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.