The Defence Headquarters said a notorious top terrorists’ Commander, Abu Mujahid, was among the terrorists that died during an encounter with troops on the outskirts of Alagarno, Borno, on April 20.
This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade , the Director of Defence Information.
Olukolade said the terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol of the area, and that a number of them died as the troops repelled the attack.
The defence spokesman said some rocket propelled grenades as well as vehicle-mounted Anti-Aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter.
Olukolde also said that the military operations were continuing in the form of offensive action on identified terrorists in some forest locations.
He said aggressive patrols, mop-up and cordon and search operation were also continuing in the other locations in search for weapons and terrorists.
Olukolade said Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by the terrorists to deter the comprehensive offensive by advancing troops were being carefully cleared as troops continued to pursue the fleeing insurgents.
He added that the operations, especially in forest locations, were progressing in defiance of obstacles and land mines planted by the terrorists.