Lagos - Nigerian troops have killed 12 Boko Haram fighters and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from the hardline Islamist group, a military spokesman said.
"As part of their determined efforts to rid the society of all known Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts, troops... conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno state", Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement late Sunday.
He said the soldiers "killed three suspected Boko Haram terrorists (who) had been terrorising the communities around Sabon Gari and Damboa," on Sunday.
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"Among those killed was the Boko Haram terrorist Ameer (leader) in Bulayaga," he said.
Usman said a cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the jihadists.
He said a second encounter with the insurgents in Mainari village also on Sunday "led to the killing of nine terrorists and recovery of weapons which include four AK-47s and one pump action gun."