A military strike on a Boko Haram camp in Nigeria’s restive northeast last week left about 150 Islamists and 16 soldiers dead, the army said on Wednesday, amid reports of dozens of troops killed.

The army’s claim of a major offensive against the Islamist insurgents on September 12 came after local media reported that Boko Haram had ambushed a group of soldiers in the same area, killing 40 and leaving dozens of others missing.

The forest where the alleged raid occurred is some 70 km northeast of Borno’s capital Maiduguri, the city where Boko Haram was founded more than a decade ago. There are indications that Boko Haram attacks, which were previously carried out across northern Nigeria, have been partly contained in the northeast, especially in Borno. — AFP