Determined to storm Maiduguri, Boko Haram attacks Konduga again; 400 insurgents killed – Residents

Nigerian soldiers on guard in Maiduguri

At least 400 members of the Boko Haram have in the past two days been killed by soldiers in Borno State following repeated attempts by the insurgents to invade Konduga Village, officials and residents have said.

Konduga is about 35 km from Maiduguri and the insurgents are believed to want a base in Konduga from which they can attack Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

PREMIUM TIMES had last week reported how Boko Haram terrorists were successfully repelled by Nigerian troops during an attack on Konduga leading to the death of about 200 insurgents.

The insurgents, who appear bent on taking over the agrarian community, Tuesday night, attempted another attack on the community. They appear to have been defeated again as the soldiers stationed there effectively foiled the attack and killed about 250 of them, a member of the vigilante called ‘civilian JTF’, Bashir Abbas, told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Abbas is sometimes embedded with soldiers during battles against insurgents.

Full details of the attack, third in Konduga, which lasted till early hours of Wednesday is yet to be gotten.

A top official of the Department of Security Services, who doesn’t want to be named as he is not permitted to speak, confirmed the attack.

Konduga was not the only place the insurgents attacked in the early hours of Wednesday. An attack on Ngamdu Village, about 100km from Maiduguri, was also repelled by the soldiers leading to the death of scores of the terrorists.

Mr. Abbas told journalists in Maiduguri that the Tuesday Konduga attack, just like the previous one that took place on Friday, was forewarned.

“We all were aware of the Tuesday night attack and the soldiers tactically mobilised another ambush for them”, he said. “As it has been in their past strategy, they (Boko Haram) would divide themselves into three groups and tactically they would send the first group to face the military to create a distraction for them to strike from behind.”

“But unknown to them the soldiers had also strategically taken cover and were waiting for them; and all of them were circled.

“On getting to middle of the town, the military opened fire on them, killing over 250; they were able to recover one armoured personnel carrier, three vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns, as well as several motorcycles and ammunitions,” he said.

He added that “after the military successfully crushed the first group, the second group appeared followed by the third group, but they were all crushed by the military assisted by our members”.

Mr. Abbas also linked the Ngamdu attack to plans by the group to attack Maiduguri.

“On Wednesday morning,” he said “the gunmen mobilised some of their members from around Yobe axis with the intention of crossing over to Konduga but were intercepted by soldiers who acted on a tip off. They confronted them with yet another ambush attack that got about 150 of them killed in Ngamdu Village”.

He said the military recovered an armoured tank, several Hilux vehicles that were mounted with anti-aircraft guns, as well other ammunitions from the killed terrorists.

A farmer in Konduga, Abu’ar Yale, also told journalists in Maiduguri that “during the second attack (in a week) on Konduga on Tuesday, the terrorists arrived in very large numbers – about 500 of them.

“But the soldiers had successfully repelled them by killing many of them and recovered armoured tanks, vehicles, motorcycles among others.”

Narrating his experience while driving through Ngamdu, a bus driver, Isa Garba, told journalists that “on our way from Damaturu to Maiduguri yesterday in the morning we were stopped by the military and asked to make u-turn back to Damaturu because the highway was under attack.

“We waited for hours at the outskirts of Damaturu until later when we were later allowed to proceed with our journey to Maiduguri. We saw several corpses of Boko Haram gunmen up to about 100 lying all over sides of the road, and the soldiers were there too watching”.

As news of the Konduga incident spread, residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, were jubilant on Wednesday on sighting some of the triumphant soldiers accompanied by about three main combat tanks. The tanks were said to have been recovered from the Boko Haram terrorists and were driven into the Maiduguri military barracks. All the armoured tanks had Arabic inscriptions, translated to mean “there is no god but Allah”.

A soldier in Maiduguri told PREMIUM TIMES that some of the tanks that were seized by the Boko Haram terrorists from soldiers had no firing pin at the time they were taken.

“But surprisingly, the insurgents improvised the missing part by using wheels of motorcycles that were connected to the firing components of tankers. Then the improvised firing pin made from the wheels would be powered by a small generating plant that rolls the wheels and spits out bullets just like the ‘ShellCar tank’,” he said.

“Whoever gave them that excellent technical idea must be an expert because the improvisation now gives the combat tanks to function effectively even if the engine of the main machine was not working,” said the private who did not want to be quoted to avoid the wrath of his superiors.

The Boko Haram who had taken few communities in Borno and Adamawa States have caused the death of over 13,000 people since their insurgency began in 2009. The attacks on communities have continued despite the declaration of a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe since May last year.


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    It is really heartening and heartwarming to get good news of the valiant acts of our military against boko haram in recent days.

    However, I still find it baffling that all the news suggests that our military remains defensive with boko haram!

    Why are they not on the offensive against the monsters?

    Beats me.

    • growthengine

      Tactics!, Ambush, Information, patience. Those are the ingredients for winning. Going all out on attack is easy, but with the way BH knew our every move, our soldiers were just easy prey, now let BH start fighting conventionally.

    • Naijadey

      Give kudos and stop the complaints. You may as well March to Sambisa. NAN provided pictures of captured weapon and tank. Congratulations brave and gallant soldiers more grease to your elbow. Now you are talking you need finish off these bastards, vagabonds, miscreants and children of satan. Dan barawo baa.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Naijadey,

        It would be better if you clearly distinguish between complaint and observations!

        Are you stating that if boko haram does not attack our towns or military installations, they should be left alone?

        Think, my friend.

  • OMOBA

    APC will still provide more for them

    • Major

      of course yes… more from south africa, using anointed jet.

    • ends

      The devil will supply more from south Africa

  • baby

    Nawa o!

  • Dan Fulani

    There must be some changes in fortune NOW that the suppliers of arms to the BH have been exposed. Up Ayo up CAN.

  • Muhammad Kano

    Thank you very much Dr. Nuruddeen. This is a wonderful
    write-up that has already taken me back to the days of Malaya. Malaysia is
    nice. Malaysia is excellent! Not only because of the buildings, development,
    leadership and the likes, but also, humanity, patience, rule of law in its
    reality and the citizens’ commitment towards better Malaysia. I like the way
    they love their country, as if there is no any other country in the world than
    Malaysia. Look at how the flag of Malaysia is flown everywhere and especially
    on important buildings. Remember their “Satu Malaysia” slogan. I am
    very sure Nigerians can do more than Malaysians in terms of academic
    performance, development and the like, our only problem is “we are corrupt
    to the core”. I am caught off balance, a little, over the wonderful act of
    Nina. She taught her father obeying rules, a Malaysian way. I remember many
    positive memories about Malaysia which I have never seen anywhere in the world.
    You can go to a Malaysian in order to buy something; that Malaysian can tell
    you, mine is expensive, however you can buy it from that person, his order is
    cheaper. Wallahi it happened to me, even if it is rare. Malam Nurudden, may the
    almighty Allah put barakah in your knowledge. May we have a moment in our lives
    which Malaysians and the rest of the world would envy and copy from us.
    Finally, I think this quote should have read “Even though I am not on the
    academic staff of any Nigerian university, I am not so naïve as to suggest that
    Nigerian universities, without years of hard work, could “NEVER” catch
    up with the contemporary global dynamics of scientific production and
    dissemination that some of the Malaysian universities have already
    achieved.” It seems “never” or something similar has been
    mistakenly omitted. Regards to Nina and Amra and the rest of the family, Sir!

    • Haruna Chiroma

      Presently, i am in Kuala Lumpure, Malaysia presently for almost 4 years. The first time i came to Malaysia, i intend to buy a laptop, i work into a shop in KL central. I ask for the price of the laptop, the seller told me RM 20000. I said ok, then he said why don’t you goto plaza loyat, is more cheaper than my own. I have many of such experiences which if i will write them 5 pages cannot contain. What you said is absolutely true, no doubt.

  • Al-Amin

    Dr Nuruddeen, this is a fantastic write-up. Although, I have not been to Malaysia, I can put my neck on the line to suggest that the state of higher education over there is undoubtedly better than in Nigeria. In Nigeria, we seem to underestimate how bad the system has become. Anyway, we hope for better days, inshaAllah.

  • Adamu Ahmad Adamu

    First of all, let me start by congratulating you on the successful completion of your programme.Indeed, on the Asian continent Malaysia has been at the apex of imparting sound and qualitative knowledge and among the leading countries in the area of research.My university is also among the best 200 according to QS World university ranking.There used to be the popularly saying in Nigeria “Malaysian Graduate”,I m throwing a challenge to people with such notion to travel to Malaysia, not for even a Postgraduate study but just for conferences or workshop to clear such thoughts out of their minds (seeing is believing).What amazed me the most and I always think of how this could be implemented effectively in my country is the issue of the “Kaunter” services when it comes to the public places like shopping mall, hospital e.t.c.In the hospital outpatient unit, the maximum waiting time is between 10-20 minutes.In the laboratory where I m currently doing my research, there is a machine which is being used for imaging procedures which happen to be among the only few in the whole of Asian continent and the only one in the country.It is in Malaysia that cat does not chase rat (predation)rather it only play with it.In terms of interaction Malaysians like each other, for the whole of the time I have spent here I have never witnessed quarrel not to even a mention a case of two fight.My little daughter used to tell me “smile, smile, smile”, and I think this is the source of peace that reigns in the country. In the Friday sermons, there was never a time that they will not pray for their leaders and the country at large.Hoping and praying to see such happening in my dear country through the collective efforts of you and I.

  • the truth

    My doctor, this is a wonderful write-up and indeed great experience in the continent of Asia. I have long been hoping that one day our great country will become a better place for us to be proud of. Without bigotry, you have been able to completely speak my mind. I wish you all the best as you move on with another stage of your career. As we hope to meet you again in future, do remember to pray for us in Malaysia for successful completion of our programmes. Really, it’s been very wonderful here in Malaysia.

  • Kayode Adebayo

    Kayode Adebayo I testify to all the Malaysian qualities you narrated in your write-up, Dr Suleiman, because I did an MSc (ICT) in Universiti Utara Malaysia 2010-2012. My Thesis is: “Developing a Commercialization Process Model: Case Study of UUM” – Information Technology Policy and Strategy-inclined, essentially . On reaching Nigeria, I presented a Proposal to my Insititution on how we can replicate the Findings of my Thesis in the Institution. My Proposal was not even acknowledged, talk less of actuating it for trial, at least. Our problem in Nigeria is “bad belle”; be it in the academics or Civil Service. UUM pressurised me to do PhD, because they wanted me to go further with the Project; for what they can gain in it. They never discourage or look down on any academic pursuit. One of my Professors there said: “Go and bring your Wife. Lock up your house and come for your PhD”. May God help us in Nigeria
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  • Fitri Shukri

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