More than 100 members of the Boko Haram militant group were killed in Nigeria Saturday after government troops fought back their attack in Borno state, BBC Africa reported. Borno state is Boko Haram’s stronghold. The killings come a day after more than 200 Boko Haram members were killed by the Nigerian army in Konduga.
Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group whose name translates as “Western education is a sin,” gained worldwide attention this year when the group kidnapped 300 Nigerian schoolgirls. The incident spurred the viral “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign on social media.
BBC had no further details of the latest battle beyond those in its tweet Saturday:
The Nigerian army says it killed over 100 Boko Haram militants when it repelled an attack by the group early on Saturday in Borno state.
â€” BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 13, 2014
The killings constituted the latest victory for the Nigerian military, which has been engaged in fierce battles with Boko Haram since 2011. A Boko Haram commander was among more than 200 militants slain in Kondunga Friday, the Guardian reported. No government troops were reportedly killed in the fighting.