The Joint Military Task force (JTF) said it has killed two sect leaders of Boko Haram in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, claimed that soldiers with the force shot dead two sect commanders at a highway checkpoint near Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Col. Musa adds that the men had weapons in their car and that authorities had received intelligence indicating they were planning an attack.

He did not give further detail on their identities.

The killings come days after Nigeria’s Army said it killed the fundamentalist sect’s spokesman and another ranking member.