How Nigeria Army Routed Boko Haram in Konduga, Sect’s Cameraman, Others Killed
The Nigerian army yesterday recorded what can best be described as most successful outing of the 7 Division command in recent times.
In its bid to advance towards Maiduguri with the eventual aim of taking over the town, about 200 members of the outlawed Boko Haram insurgents group swam on Konduga town, 40 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Unknown to them, the youth vigilante in the area had information of their planned attack and alerted the military. The military also responded immediately by mounting trrops at strategic locations in the town waiting for the insurgents.
When the insurgents arrived Konduga to begin their attack and eventually advance to Maidugiru, they reportedly met stiff resistance from Nigerian military operatives and youth vigilantes in the town.
Witnesses and security sources said the fierce encounter started around 4.30am and lasted till around 11am and reportedly favoured Nigerian troops who dealt a heavy blow to the insurgents.
A security source who does not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said troops used shell cars, armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and others in confronting the attackers. “There was air support by fighter jets and the operation was successful,” he added.
At he end of the encounter, scores of the insurgents were killed, while many of their weapons were either destroyed or were confiscated.
Mohammed Goma, a vigilante from Konduga, put the figure of the insurgents killed at over 120, but this could not be independently verified. “I am not exaggerating,” he insisted, “Over 120 of them were killed and some have been captured and are being interrogated. They are making startling revelations, including their ultimate plans to attack Maiduguri,” he said.
Another credible security source said “Almost all the terrorists that mobilised for the Konduga attack were killed. Two of them were arrested and the simple fact is that Boko Haram suffered a major defeat this time around,” he said.
The source added: “All the vehicles they came with were either shelled or confiscated. About six of the vehicles have been taken to Maimalari Barracks so far and more are on the way. Troops also recovered dozens of rifles and explosives. A suicide bomber was also intercepted and killed. A cameraman that they came with in order to cover their planned atrocity was also killed and the camera recovered,” he said.
Narrating the success of the military in the operation, the source said “We recorded unprecedented success, we killed many of them, seized many weapons and vehicles and captured some of them alive,” said a security source, who does not want his name mentioned because he was not authorised to speak on the matter. He called it a ‘major victory’.
Another source said: “Our ground troops comprehensively repelled the insurgents almost thrice,” adding that when the insurgents stormed Konduga, there was serious exchange of fire, which forced them to retreat. “They went back, mobilised again and returned but were confronted. When they returned for the third time, our men routed them, demobilised them and in the process, many of them were killed,” he said.
The source gave kudos to youth vigilantes, who he said provided vital information and also participated.
In a related development, sources said many insurgents were equally killed at Ngom, a village in the outskirt of Maiduguri, along Dikwa road. Sources said the insurgents were advancing towards the state capital when vigilant villagers sighted them and alerted nearby security operatives. It is not immediately clear how many were killed but there is calm in most locations in Maiduguri.
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