Doctors in northern India have surgically removed 40 knives from the stomach of a man who had swallowed them over the past two months.

The 42-year-old man is recovering in a hospital in Punjab state after undergoing surgery in which doctors removed the knives - some folded and some with exposed blades up to 18cm long.

Jatinder Malhotra, a doctor who was present during the five-hour operation, said the man, who works as a police constable, was apparently suffering from a psychiatric disorder and is now being counselled.

He said the man could not explain why he swallowed the knives.

Malhotra said he had never before heard of a case of a person swallowing knives.

Nigeria's air force claims it has killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks on tackling the militants.

Government planes had attacked the Islamist group inside the Sambisa forest in its northeast heartland on Friday, the air force said, adding that it had only just confirmed details of the raid.

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