LAGOS, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian security forces in restive northeast Yobe State on Friday confirmed that 21 suspected Boko Haram fighters were killed during a gun battle.
The gunmen on Thursday evening launched a massive attack at a military checkpoint close to the state-run oil company mega station along Damaturu-Maiduguri.
Spokesperson for the 3 Division Special Operation Battalion Eli Lazarus told Xinhua that security forces had a fierce encounter with the gunmen, who were in large number at various part of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital for several hours.
He said three vehicles and other sophisticated weapons were recovered from the suspected terrorists after the encounter that led to their deaths.
Lazarus added that a 24-hour curfew has been imposed across the restive state to enable security forces to conduct pursuit on fleeing Boko Haram members.
The military spokesperson however urged citizens of the state to remain calm and assist the security forces with any vital information that will help them in flushing out the suspected terrorists.