At least nine soldiers and over 50 Boko Haram militants have been killed in heavy fighting in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state, army sources said.
"The army got information that over 200 terrorists were attacking Goniri in the early hours of Monday and troops were immediately dispatched to foil the attack,” a brigadier-general said on Tuesday, adding, “we succeeded but nine soldiers died while over 50 terrorists were also killed."
The brigadier-general said that during the operation several militants were also captured and vehicles with a large cache of weapons were retrieved.
The Nigerian military claims it has weakened Boko Haram militants in the region despite the ongoing clashes and attacks by the insurgents.
An army spokesman announced the Nigerian Army has recently killed a “number of terrorists” while a top Boko Haram financier with a million naira ($5,100) in neighboring Borno state has also been captured.