16 soldiers, 150 Boko Haram members killed in Nigeria

In a fresh attack against extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram, 16 Nigerian soldiers and 150 sect members, including a top commander, were killed in the northern state of Borno, local newspaper Vanguard reported Wednesday.

Nigeria’s army attacked a group of insurgents at Kafiya forest, between the towns of Maiduguri and Baga in Borno state, acting on an intelligence report that Boko Haram was planning an attack, according to army spokesperson Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru.

The incident took place on the weekend, but the army only released the information late on Tuesday. Among the insurgents killed was Abba Goroma, one of the most wanted Boko Haram commanders on whose head government had placed a 615 million dollar bounty.DPA