The Nigerian military on Friday succeeded in killing over 100 terrorists in Konduga village in Borno State, a top military source has told PREMIUM TIMES.
The terrorists had planned to invade Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno from Konduga which is about 35 kilometers away.
The Nigerian military had during the week deployed over 400 soldiers to the area.
The source said the military gathered intelligence about the planned invasion and laid ambush for the terrorists.
Konduga is also about 40km to Bama, a town which has been under intense attack from the terrorists. Although, from Maiduguri, the village is farthest to Bama.
The terrorists, who knew about constant military presence in the area, were said to have arrived Konduga at about 4.30 a.m.
However, they did not know that the military had already laid an ambush for them.
The military then engaged the insurgents in a fierce battle till noon, killing over 100 of them.
The source also disclosed that a top leader of the group, popularly known as Amir, was also killed.
He said that Amir, who led the group, died a few hours later. from injuries he sustained in battle.
The source told PREMIUM TIMES the killed Amir fitted the description by one of the soldiers kidnapped by the group but who managed to escape.
He said the escaped soldier described Amir as a deadly, tall, dark, huge and heavily beard leader of the group.
The top military official also said one of the group’s cameramen, who usually record their attacks, was also killed and his camera recovered.
The military also successfully recovered six vehicles and many weapons from the sect, although most others were burnt during the battle.
In another attack on Ngom village market, in the Eastern part of Maiduguri, about 13 civilian JTFs and four other civilians were killed.
The military also repelled the attack on the village, which is along the Gamboru Ngala highway, 15 to 20 km from Maiduguri.
All through these attacks, military chopper were seen hovering around the areas creating tension among residents.
Also, a top official of the State Security Services, SSS, confirmed the attacks.