Troops on clearance operations in Sambisa forest, Borno State, on Thursday killed 15 Boko Haram insurgents and injured several others.
Kingsley Samuel, deputy director, army public relations, 7 division made this known in a statement.
He said the troops also retrieved “large cache of weapons” from the insurgents during the encounter.
Victor Ezugwu, acting general officer commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian army, commended the troops for “delivering a devastating deep punch to Boko Haram terrorists leading to the capture of large quantities of terrorists’ equipment”.
He urged them to remain resolute in the fight against insurgency in the north-east in order to ensure that “remnants of Boko Haram terrorists are flushed out of Nigerian territory”.
“The troops’ resilence paid off with heavy battering of Boko Haram terrorists leading to the terrorist sustaining huge casualties in fighters and equipment. The terrorists paid dearly as the troops neutralized 15 of them and wounded several others,” he said.
“In addition, the gallant troops made heavy seizures with the destruction of 1 vehicle bound improvised explosive device (VBIED), belonging to the terrorists and capture of one Buffalo Gun truck mounted with Long Barrel Shilka gun, two general purpose machine gun, one PKM Gun, three mortar tubes, AK-47 rifles, two FN rifles, and one G3 rifle.”