The Nigerian army on Friday said at least seven Boko Haram commanders were killed in an operation by the multinational and Nigerian troops along the Lake Chad region.
Nigerian army said in a statement the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the Nigerian armed forces have been “basking in the successes of their combined efforts of artillery and air bombardments” of suspected hideouts of Boko Haram at the town of Tumbus of Lake Chad region.
The army said that reliable information coming out of “the inner circles” of the terror group indicates that at least seven of their key commanders have been killed in the joint operation.
“It is an unprecedented feat to our quest of clearing the remnants of these criminals in the area,” the statement said.
The army gave the names of the killed Boko Haram commanders, adding efforts are ongoing to get more information on their true identities as “these names may be not be real and may likely nicknames alias”.
Boko Haram has been trying since 2009 to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
The group posed enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges in the basin, according to the United Nations. Enditem