Nigerian defense authority says 30 Boko Haram militants killed in crossfire   2013-04-24 21:00:57            

ABUJA, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Military authority in Nigeria has confirmed the death of 30 suspected Boko Haram insurgents in an encounter with the Joint Task Force (JTF) in border town of northeastern state of Borno over the weekend.

Spokesperson for the Defense Headquarters (DHQ) Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade gave the figure in a statement reaching here on Wednesday, adding that one soldier was killed and 5 others injured, while five insurgents were arrested and many others escaped with bullet wounds.

Malam Ali, head of the town of Baga in the state of Borno, told reporters and government officials that about 185 people were killed, 2,000 houses razed and 486 motorcycles damaged in clashes between the Nigerian military and the Boko Haram militant sect in Baga border town, one of the most deadliest since the sect launched insurgency in 2009.

But the defense statement said Gen. Austin Edokpaye, who is in charge of the task force in Borno, gave the update on the encounter with the Boko Haram.

According to the statement, six civilians lost their lives and 10 other civilians were injured in the crossfire.

The military said three rocket propelled grenade launchers, two rocket propelled grenade bombs, four AK-47 rifles were recovered from the militants.

Other items recovered included 435 assorted ammunitions, several quantities of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) materials, while three land cruiser vehicles belonging to the insurgents were damaged.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday night ordered a full-scale investigation into reports of high civilian casualties in the weekend crossfire at Baga.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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