An unspecified number of suspects and two soldiers were wounded during the exchange of gunfire in Gashigar in the Borno State.
Borno is the epicentre of the insurgency by the Boko Haram during its almost decade-long campaign to overthrow the government and established an Islamic state.
Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the Nigerian Army Director of Public Relations, said in addition to the breakthrough in Gashigar, troops cleared eight other villages in Borno state.
Items recovered include an assortment of weapons and war vehicles as well as refrigerators, television sets, entertainment discs and boxes of illegal drugs.
“Efforts are on to arrest fleeing other members of the terrorists group,” the army spokesperson said.
In another development, troops have arrested a suspected spiritual leader of the militia group, identified as Angulu Idaku, in the northern Nasarawa State.
A militia camp was also destroyed.
Knives, cutlasses, mobile phones, satellite decoders and solar panel sets were confiscated.
Chukwu urged civilians to be vigilant amid the threats posed by militant groups.
“Members of the public are once again reminded to report any suspicious activities to the security agents,” he added.
– CAJ News