After Second Defeat, Boko Haram Returns to Konduga, Battles Nigerian Troops
The Boko Haram insurgents group returned to Konduga, Borno State, few hours after they suffered defeat and lost scores of their men in a fierce battle that lasted over 12 hours with the Nigerian troops.
As at Wednesday night, few hours after the military and Civilian JTF celebrated their victory against the sect in Maiduguri, the state capital, the insurgents and the fighters were engaged in a raging gun fire.
Over 200 of the fighters in the second battle between the sect and the troops lost their lives in their second encounter to overrun Konduga, only to return few hours after with more fighters.
In the earlier battle, Nigerian troops killed a high-level commander of the sect, Bashir Mohammed, and seized various vehicles, weapons and ammunition from the sect fighters.
But the sect in an apparent determination to invade Maiduguri which they have vowed to capture before the Muslim sallah festivity early next month were not deterred by the crushing defeat. A security source said the sect commanders and fighters were attempting to approach Maiduguri through the Sojiri-Kayamla axis, quite close to Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri.
The source added that army commanders were taken aback to see the insurgents regroup and return to the scene of one of their most devastating defeats since Nigerian troops began combat operations against the sect in Nigeria’s northeast zone.
“The fact that they [Boko Haram] came back to fight again today in Konduga shows they have not given up on the attempt to capture Maiduguri,” said our military source. Maiduguri is the capital of the beleaguered Borno State, the center of the insurgents’ terror activities.
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