At least 40 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in Borno State in the last 72 hours when troops launched major offensives against them.
Eleven soldiers are believed to have lost their lives in the battles with three others reported missing while 15 are currently receiving medical treatment.
Military sources said the figures were arrived at after mopping up operations in Konduga, Damboa and Benisheik.
Benishek lies to the west of Maiduguri along the Damaturu road.
Terrorists have been trying to attack Maiduguri, the state capital through that part and the eastern flank of the city.
Confirming the latest confrontations, a high ranking military source said splinter cells of the sect resorted to carrying out flash attacks on communities in the state.
The source said troops succeeded in forcing the insurgents to beat a retreat in Konduga, Beneshiek and Damboa where they made a number of attempts between Thursday and Friday September 25-26, 2014.
“A multi barrel T55 tank, nine rifles, two Machine Guns, two Rocket Propelled Grenade tubes, five boxes of ammunition and other weapons were captured from them while over 40 of the terrorists died in the encounters in the three locations”, the source said.
“Troops also conducted a raid on terrorists’ enclave at Shindig. In all the operations a total of 11 soldiers died while 15 others are being treated for injuries sustained in the battles. Three are still missing.
“The air and land operations are ongoing to clear the terrorists from other communities where their activities have become prevalent recently in the states under the state of emergency”.