The military spokesman in the state, Lieutenant Lazarus Eli, said, “The Joint Task Force has succeeded in killing 35 Boko Haram terrorists in shootouts between Sunday evening through Monday.”
The authorities have imposed a 24 hour curfew on both Damaturu and Potiskum, with soldiers conducting a house-to-house search for hidden weapons.
The curfew has been relaxed and residents are now allowed out of their homes from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm (0600 GMT to 2100), Eli said. The ban on movements in Yobe’s economic capital of Potiskum has also been eased.
Military forces went door-to-door through three Damaturu neighbourhoods beginning late Sunday and engaged militants in “a fierce exchange of gunfire” through to the early hours of Monday morning, the spokesman added in a statement.
Two soldiers were injured in the fighting.