Nigeria has killed at least 134 members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) armed groups, the defence ministry spokesman said on Monday.
The fighters were killed in an operation launched on May 1 in the country’s northeast. The ministry said 56 of those killed were members of Boko Haram while 78 were members of ISWAP, Boko Haram’s splinter group. The troops also arrested 16 suspected informants of the fighters.
The country has been trying to eradicate armed groups that have been operating in the region for the past 10 years.
Boko Haram launched its first attack in Nigeria in 2009 but later spread to neighboring west African countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
More than 30,000 people have been killed by armed groups and nearly three million others have been displaced.