How NigerianTroops Killed 78 Boko Haram Fighters

Fresh facts have emerged on how the Nigerian troops killed 78 Boko Haram insurgents in Biu after deadly encounters to repel the takeover of a military base in the town.
More troops have been deployed in Biu and surrounding villages in the past two days to curtail the insurgents.
A military source said: “From the mopping up so far carried out, the number of Boko Haram terrorists who died in their ill-fated attempt to capture a military base in Biu, Borno State has been put at 78.
“We are still taking stock of the encounters because many insurgents who escaped were seriously injured and the possibility of their survival is remote. We are combing the outskirts of Biu to recover more bodies.
“These insurgents including some foreign nationals, including Chadians, had on Wednesday attempted to seize Biu but they were repelled by troops who prevented them from expanding their operational bases and capturing weapons.
“Some of those who were killed and captured during a pursuit by the military included these foreign nationals.”
Defence Spokesman Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade declined to comment on Boko Haram casualty figures.
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He said the military was more concerned about the success of the operations than the figures of the terrorists killed during the encounters.
According to him, what is important now is for us to consolidate on the victory, recapture areas where the terrorists are presently operating and restore peace to the entire Northeast.
Coordinator, National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri said security agencies, led by the Department of State Services (DSS), would interrogate the captured insurgents to determine their involvement in other atrocities.
“Those found to have conducted any crime against the state will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in accordance with international standard and best practice,’’ he said.
Omeri said the recent rise in suicide bombings by the terrorists was an indication that they were already running out of options.
“The government is fully committed to ensuring that all militants are rooted out of their hiding places to ensure a safe and secure country for all Nigerians,’’ he said.
Omeri, however, said 42 insurgents were killed in Biu.

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