Nigerian soldiers have arrested 26 alleged members of Islamist group Boko Haram, an ally of al Qaeda, and killed two others in a raid after an attack that left two Indian nationals dead, a statement said on Saturday.
On Wednesday, suspected Boko Haram members attacked a factory in Maiduguri, killing the two Indians and stealing about $600 (nearly 500 euros) in cash.
The raid following the deaths of the Indians occurred late Thursday and early Friday in Maiduguri, where Boko Haram has been based amid an insurgency that has killed hundreds in north Nigeria which is mainly Muslim dominated.
Separately on Friday, a military patrol vehicle was attacked in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, with two alleged Boko Haram members killed and two soldiers wounded in a resulting clash, and 26 suspects arrested."The operation led to the arrest of 26 alleged terrorists and the killings of two suspected members of Boko Haram," a statement from a military task force in the region said.
"Some of the suspects killed and arrested were responsible for the killings of two Indians, a cleric and several other killings in Maiduguri in the past," a military official said.
Authorities also located and detonated a homemade bomb in Maiduguri on Friday, a statement said.
Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of attacks that have killed hundreds, mainly in the north. It has also carried out robberies to finance its operations.