At least 76 Boko Haram members have been killed in a battle for Metele near Kangarwa in Borno State. 

The Nigerian military also lost seven soldiers to the battle that lasted for hours while 16 others were injured.  

It was a fierce battle between the troops and the terrorists, according to a military statement on Tuesday.

A statement by the Nigerian Army on Wednesday said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had commiserated with the families of the deceased and directed that the wounded soldiers be given adequate medical attention. 

"Gallant troops of 157 Battalion decisively engaged BHTs who attempted to overrun their Position in Metele near Kangarwa Borno State.

"The sustained superior firepower of the troops led to the neutralisation of 76 Boko Haram Terrorists," a statement posted on the Army's Twitter page read. 

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The terrorists had come to take over the territory, attacking a military formation in Metele. 

Members of Boko Haram, had infiltrated the location and wanted to take over the community.

It was the latest push by the terrorists to take a location in their jihadist operation to establish an Islamic state and end Western education in the northeast. 

They appear to be shifting away from attacking soft spots to attempting to take territories. 

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