Nigerian forces and the International Joint Task Force (MNJTF) invaded four Boko Haram strongholds in Borno on Wednesday.
The action led by Brig. Gen Waidi Shaibu, commander of the 21 Special Armor Division, was directed at the Boko Haram fortresses in Maiyanki, Darussalam, Bula Kurege and Izza.
The camps acted as training facilities for the militants and as bases for the embassy of military officers.
Many company commanders and fighters were killed, while more were wounded in ground attack and air strikes.
Dozens of equipment have been captured; food products, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making materials and clothes have been lost.
“We cleared Maiyanki, Darussalam, Bula Kurege and have now taken over Izza, all former Boko Haram strong-points. Troops have been repeatedly attacked in these harbour areas”, a top military source told PRNigeria.
“Heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy. The situation is tough but we are winning. Sadly, a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and 3 injured. We brought them out. Our resolve and commitment is unshaken.”
Any of the Boko Haram camps were demolished when Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, the current Chief of Staff of the Army, was commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in 2017.
During his brief rule, Nigerian soldiers eliminated five top Boko Haram commanders and dozens of fighters.
In October 2017, Attahiru referred to them as Abdu Kawuri and Abubakar Benishek at a briefing. They were killed in an action on 1 September in Alafa, Bama LGA.
Three others, including Ba’abba Ibrahim, died after a heavy fight with the Special Forces in Magumeri LGA.