26/01/2015 3:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Scores Of Boko Haram Militants Suspected Dead After Attack

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A survivor of a Boko Haram's attack and his friend look at the waters of Lake Chad which borders Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, in Bol on January 25, 2015. Chad's President Idriss Deby has secured control of regional operations against Boko Haram Islamists, riding roughshod over his supposed allies in a week-long diplomatic and military offensive. There have been months of disagreements between the countries directly threatened by Boko Haram -- Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger -- on exactly how to take on the Islamists. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Scores of Boko Haram militants were killed when Nigerian troops repelled massive attacks launched at Maiduguri and other towns in the northeastern state of Borno, a security source told Xinhua news agency Monday.

The source said on condition of anonymity that the militants who attacked Maiduguri, the state capital, in the early hours of Sunday were successfully repelled by security forces stationed in the state.

Many injured militants were also captured, the source added. He said an extensive cordon and search operation was conducted of the mopping-up operation to determine details of the heavy casualties suffered by the terrorists.

The security source said a Cobra armoured vehicle, heavy artillery guns, as well as some machine guns and other weapons were captured from the fleeing terrorists. Three cars loaded with explosives were also destroyed, the source added.

A Xinhua reporter in the restive state said Nigerian troops in Konduga area of the state successfully repelled the terrorists' attacks twice Sunday.

He said some of the troops lost their lives in the series of operations to repel the terrorists, noting that those who were wounded were evacuated for medical treatment.