This was disclosed by the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade on Saturday, February 21.
Many members of Boko Haram have drowned while trying to escape an attack by Nigerian troops, military sources say.
“A large number of terrorists have drowned in the Lake Chad as they fled the heavy bombardment by Nigerian Air force heralding the advance of Nigerian troops on mission to flush them out of Baga,” Olukolade said via a statement.
“Not even the strategy of over 1500 spots with land mines on the routes leading to the town could save the terrorists from the aggressive move of advancing troops. Many of the terrorists died while an unknown but substantial number of them fled with various degrees of injury, in the series of encounter along the routes of advance of the troops headed for Baga,” he added.
Olukolade also stated that five anti-aircraft guns and a variety of rifles were recovered from the terrorists while over 34 motorcycles and five vehicles were destroyed.
Nigerian troops are also said to have taken control of Baga where 2,000 were reported to have died in January.