by Isi Esene
The fear expressed by Nigerians over the rumoured advance of Boko Haram militants into Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State appear to be misplaced as military sources report the killing of about one hundred insurgents in Konduga town.
Nigerian troops reportedly ambushed the insurgents while marching from Bama to Konduga. Air Force jets and attack helicopters were deployed in the attack which took place early Friday morning.
Ground troops were said to have engaged Boko Haram militants who attempted to flee. A few of the about 200 strong militants, however, escaped in the only truck that manoeuvred from the scene.
“Most of the dead insurgents were mangled beyond recognition during the few hours of fury displayed by our men,” a senior military officer said.
It was learnt that several weapons including anti aircraft guns mounted on trucks and RPGs were gathered by the military following the annihilation of the insurgents.
Others materials taken by the military included an armored personnel carrier (APC), several Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, our sources added.
Read the statement released by Col. Antigha of the Army Public Relations Office in Abuja: “At about 5.30am today (Friday), Boko Haram terrorists launched a massive attack on Konduga town, about 35 kilometres from Maiduguri. After about three hours of fierce fighting, Nigerian troops routed the Boko Haram fighting force of over a hundred terrorists.
“Further to the staggering loss of men, Boko Haram also suffered extensive losses in equipment. Four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action. The entire area is still being combed for terrorists who might have escaped with bullet wounds. Morale of troops remains very high.
“Photographs taken at the scene of the battle are being expected and will be forwarded as soon as they are received.”