Scores of Boko Haram militants were killed following an airstrike by the Nigerian military while repelling an attack in the northeastern town of Dapchi, said a spokesman for the military on Tuesday.
The Boko Haram militants had launched an attack in Dapchi, a town in the northern state of Yobe late Monday, causing the military to move swiftly against them, John Enenche, the military’s spokesman, said in a statement.
The airstrike also destroyed two gun trucks belonging to the Boko Haram, according to Enenche.
The town of Dapchi had first hit local and international news headlines when the Boko Haram group attacked an all-girls secondary school, kidnapping more than 100 of them in 2018.
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
The group has posed enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges in the Lake Chad basin, including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger, according to the United Nations. Enditem