No fewer than 40 suspected terrorists were killed on Sunday as troops repelled attacks launched by members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect on three towns in Borno State.
"Terrorists... of unknown strength attempted coordinated simultaneous attacks on Bama, Gwoza and Pulka on Sunday night", the acting Deputy Army spokesman in Maiduguri, Captain Aliyu Danja, said Tuesday.
A report by Reuters quoted him as saying the military had "successfully repelled all the attacks, killing 40 terrorists in the three locations, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds."
Troops destroyed a pick-up truck loaded with bombs, Danja said in a statement. "In a separate incident, air strikes on a Boko Haram base in Kilani had "neutralised" some fighters there," he added. Boko Haram has stepped up the number and scale of attacks in the past two months, with hundreds of killings reported, many of them more targeted towards civilians than in the past.