The ground and air operation was launched “in the forest of Bangao and in the areas of Tasmakat, Fourkoussou and Bidy in Oudalan province on February 23 and 24,” the armed forces in a statement.
The military also seized weapons, ammunition, and transport and communications equipment.
“Following recent recurring attacks against the civilian population in Oudalan province, the national armed forces planned and carried out search operations to find the terrorists and secure the population,” the statement added.
Nine civilians were killed and nine more wounded in an attack on a convoy of vehicles travelling in Oudalan province on February 18.
Two women were killed by an improvised bomb in Yagha province on Tuesday.
More than 1,200 people have died and a million have fled their homes.