Nigerian military claimed on Wednesday that its forces killed over 300 Boko Haram militants during an operation to retake the town of Monguno in northeastern Borno state. The operation, which began earlier this week, was reportedly conducted in 11 towns and villages.
"Over 300 terrorists were killed while a few were also captured," defense spokesperson Chris Olukolade, said in a statement, adding that "several weapons and equipment were also captured and some destroyed,” according to a report by Agence France-Presse. A few Nigerian military personnel were injured in the operation.
However, there was no independent confirmation of the army's claims, which follow similar reports about Boko Haram casualties by Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The West African nations are part of a regional coalition carrying out a military offensive against one of the world's most violent Islamist extremist groups.
Nigeria's military had claimed earlier this week that it had regained control of Monguno, after militants captured the town on Jan. 25