Many terrorists were killed in an operation by troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) who bombed their base in Zamfara state.
However, the leader of the terrorist group Bello Turji, who was said to be the target of the operation was said to have escaped the raid on his camp by the NAF.
The raid which reportedly took place on Saturday afternoon in Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara, was targeted at a wedding ceremony, with Turji and his group of terrorists in attendance.
The details on how many casualties were recorded in yet to be made known by the military hierarchy as the spokesman for the NAF remain mute on the operations.
In recent weeks, the military has continued to intensify efforts in fighting insurgents and bandits in the country.
The development comes weeks after the deputy governor of Zamfara, Hassan Nasiha said Turji has embraced peace overtures by the government.
Nasiha had said the bandit kingpin is no longer attacking residents, but “unrepentant bandits”.
He said Turji’s repentance had brought peace to Birnin Magaji, Shinkafi and Zurmi LGAs in Zamfara.