• Army spokewsman says three soldiers were hurt during operation
  • Security service says gun fabricator had links to militants

Nigerian troops cleared Boko Haram militants from some of their hideouts in the northeastern state of Borno on Saturday and arrested an arms supplier for the Islamist group.

“Troops met stiff resistance” and three were injured during an operation to clear the district of Dure, Colonel Sani Usman, an army spokesman, said Sunday in an e-mailed statement. They “killed several terrorists” and destroyed grain-storage facilities, he said.

The injured soldiers are in stable condition, Usman said.

Intelligence officials arrested Musa Abubakar, a “major gun fabricator, arms runner and a covert linkman” for Boko Haram, the State Security Service said in an e-mailed statement on Saturday.

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 largest economy.

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