Nigerian security forces killed at least five Islamist militants in raids in the northeast of the country, freeing 63 captives, the army said.
Troops attacked the Boko Haram militia around Alagarno forest in Borno state and killed “quite a number of terrorists,” army spokesman Sani Kukasheka Usman said in an e-mailed statement Thursday. The forces destroyed the rebel group’s logistics base in the area and recovered items including weapons and ammunition, motorcycles and a pick-up truck, he said.
Five suspected Boko Haram members were killed during a patrol in three villages in the same region, he said.
Nigeria’s government says it’s making progress in its battle against Boko Haram, which has waged a violent seven-year campaign, mainly in the northeast of the country, to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s biggest oil producer.