According to officials, the Nigerian Military has successfully killed 100 Boko Haram militants in securing Konduga, located just 22 miles away from the Borno State capital of Maiduguri. For years, Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency, has waged a campaign of terror against Christian minorities, moderate Muslims, educators, students, and military and law enforcement personnel. Late last month, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau declared parts of Nigeria under the insurgency’s control as part of the Islamic caliphate. Since, reports have surfaced of the beheading of Christian men, the enslavement of their widows and the forced conversion of their children to Islam.
09/15/2014 Nigeria (BBC) – The Nigerian army says it has killed some 100 Boko Haram militants, after repelling an attack on a key town in north-eastern Borno state.
Government forces reportedly seized vehicles and ammunition from insurgents while securing Konduga, 35km (22 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri, on Friday.
The battle followed a warning by elders that Maiduguri was “surrounded”.
Boko Haram has been trying to establish a caliphate in Borno since 2009.
A feared commander known only as Amir is believed to be among the dead Boko Haram militants.
Nigerian troops routed the Boko Haram fighters on Friday morning “after three hours of fierce fighting”, army spokesman Timothy Antigha said in a statement.