LAGOS, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian troops have launched a massive military offensive to end insurgency in the northeast region of the West African country, an army spokesperson said.
Aminu Iliyasu, coordinating spokesperson for the Nigerian army, who disclosed this in a statement sent to Xinhua on Saturday, said troops had continued to hunt for fleeing Boko Haram insurgents and increased onslaught against them in Borno and other parts of the northeast.
Iliyasu said the troops had recovered weapons and vehicles belonging to the fleeing Boko Haram criminals.
He added that the troops deployed at Gubio in Borno successfully repelled a Boko Haram attack on their location and neutralized one of the terrorists.
According to the spokesperson, army operations in other parts of the country had resulted in a number of arrests and recoveries of weapons in recent time.
Nigeria grapples with security challenges, part of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people, including women and children, since 2009.