ABUJA, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least 11 extremist militants were killed in operations by Nigerian government forces in the country's northeastern region in the past two weeks, a military spokesperson said Thursday.
Musa Danmadami, a spokesman for the military, said in a statement that scores of members of the Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) groups also escaped with gunshot wounds during the various clearance operations conducted by the government troops in the northeastern states of Borno and Yobe between Nov. 17 and Dec. 1.
The military operations also brought about the successful rescue of 10 kidnapped victims from the dens of extremist militants, as well as the nabbing of at least 47 gunmen and their collaborators, Danmadami said.
During one of such ambushes and raids, a notorious Boko Haram/ISWAP logistic supplier was arrested by the government troops on Nov. 20 at a military checkpoint in the Bama Local Government Area of the northern state of Borno, the official said.
He said a total of 139 members of the families of Boko Haram and ISWAP groups, comprising 27 adult males, 44 adult females, and 68 children, surrendered to government troops at different locations in the northeastern region of the country within the period under review.
The ISWAP has been collaborating with its sister group Boko Haram to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria. The groups have also extended their attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.