The statement was issued in Abuja on Friday and signed by Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director of the Defence Information.
In his nationwide broadcast on May 14 while declaring a state of emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, President Goodluck Jonathan directed the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, to deploy more troops to the three states.
The statement noted that heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, were also destroyed in the process.
It stated that the special operations, which preceded troops movement, resulted in the destruction of many of the insurgents’ weapons.
Logistics, it added, such as vehicles, containers, fuel dumps and power generators were also destroyed.
It said that “the casualties inflicted on the insurgents in the course of the assault will be verified during a mop up.’’
According to the statement, the Defence Headquarters is quite satisfied with the progress of the operation and the fighting spirit of participating troops.
It urged the Special Task Force to sustain the tempo.
Meanwhile, border posts have all been manned by security personnel to prevent escape or infiltration by the insurgents.