by James Gambo
As the war on insurgents rages on in Nigeria, soldiers have killed scores of Boko Haram members at Konduga, near Maiduguri.
Among those killed is a feared Boko Haram commander commonly known as Amir, who was among some 200 militants killed in the battle on Friday. Also killed was a Boko Haram video journalist and a suicide bomber, a military official.
According to the military officer and a civilian self-defence group that fights alongside the soldiers, there were no military casualties. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.
Boko Haram, have in recent weeks battled the military in an attempt to seize Madagali, Gulak, Bama and Michika towns, stretching over 200 miles (320 kilometers) along Nigeria’s northeast border. It’s a campaign by the group to create an Islamic caliphate.
Thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes in North-East and North-Central Nigeria, joining more than 1.5 million other Nigerians who have been made refugees within the country or across borders in Niger, Cameroon and Chad.