Maiduguri — NIGERIAN troops have killed three suspected Boko Haram terrorists who were on an alleged looting and extortion spree northeast of the country.
The breakthrough followed a tip off to the army on the terrorists' alleged activities in a village outside Kukawa town in the Borno State.
"During the encounter, following a superior fire power of the troops, three Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized," said Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, director of the Nigerian Army Public Relations.
Meanwhile, the gallant troops have continued with aggressive fighting patrol, as efforts are on by the troops to track down other fleeing members of the Boko Haram group from any hideout," he added.
Among items recovered by troops include AK47 rifles, gun magazines and an assortment of ammunition.
Chukwu appealed to civilians to continue complementing the military's efforts in the fight against the Boko Haram, a dreaded Islamist sect.
"Members of the general public are advised to report any suspicious movements or activities in their general area to the law enforcement agents for prompt action," he said.
Boko Haram is engaged in an almost decade-long violent campaign to depose the Nigerian government and establish an Islamic state in Africa's most populous country of over 190 million people.
The radicals are opposed to the so-called the Westernisation of Nigerian society and the concentration of the wealth of the country among members of a small political elite, mainly in the Christian south of the country.