Nigerian military ‘crushes’ Boko Haram in failed Konduga revenge

Nigerian soldiers on patrol in Maiduguri

Nigerian forces crushed a revenge attack by Boko Haram fighters in Konduga, Borno State, killing many of them, the military said Wednesday.

The revenge mission followed the killing of more than 100 militants by soldiers last week, the military said.

“Troops this morning successfully crushed another attempt by terrorists who were on a revenge mission to Konduga, after 12 hours of fighting in the outskirts of the Borno State community,” the military said in a statement.

The statement posted on the Defence Headquarters’ website, said three Hilux vehicles, one Armoured Personnel Carrier, and a cache of arms and ammunition were recovered.

“Troops are now combing the vicinity, in a cordon and search operation to determine the heavy casualties suffered by the terrorists in the encounter,” it said.

Meanwhile, Olajide Layeye, the Director of Army Public Relations, said the morale, fighting spirit and combat efficiency of troops have been boosted after the military devised “new strategies” against Boko Haram.

In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Laleye, a Brigadier General, said the support of well-meaning members of the public had also boosted the morale of the troops.

“Therefore, the Nigerian Army implores the public to continue to support the military and other security agencies engaged in the ongoing operation to rid Nigeria of bloodletting insurgents and ruthless religious extremists.’’

The army spokesman denied there was an attack by Boko Haram on soldiers in Kogi State.

“In reality, the incident was a case of armed robbery attack on troops of 322 Artillery Regiment who were travelling in seven Marcopolo buses to Kontagora for an engagement,” he said.

Mr. Laleye said the robbers mistook soldiers for normal civilian travellers, who ply the route.

He said that three soldiers, who sustained injuries during the robbery attack, were receiving appropriate medical care and would soon join their colleagues.

He said a claim in some media about a Boko Haram attack had not facts.

“The inherent danger in this brand of journalism is that it heightens public fear, endangers public safety and creates the wrong impression that Boko Haram is everywhere,’’ he said.


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  • amazing2012

    Good work, God will be with you !

    • Otile

      Hold your pants until you hear from civilians on the ground. You cannot defeat a devout Muslim fighter with mere propaganda.

      • the truth

        Shame on u.take your terrorist ideology out of thtis site.u are a frequent Sahara reporters poster,we all know they are boko haram take this bs to that site.u are not welcome here.

        • Otile

          You don’t own this paper. Who are you to say that I am not welcome here? This is not even a Hausa Fulani paper. Whatever happened to your paper New Nigeria? With all the allocations we give you, your corrupt elites can’t ever run a Newspaper. They way you people ran that paper down is the same way you want to run Nigeria in 2015. God forbid, Hausa Fulani misrule has come to an end.

      • VoiceofNigerians

        You are a terrorist

        • Otile

          APC sycophant

      • Daniel Adams

        Which side are you?

        • Otile

          I am on the side of truth.

  • Jika

    May God continue to strengthen the young men and women who are doing their best despite all odds to protect the fatherland.May He touch the hearts of our leaders(civilian and military) to lead us with justice,fairness,equity and transparency.Amen.

  • Efe1

    Wonderful news. I desperately look forward to this type of news from our boys. God bless Nigerian Army.

  • Gideon Orkar

    Some people won’t be happy with this news Lai Lai !

  • King Carlos

    In this age of 30mp cameras and smartphones and portable gadgets everywhere. We can’t even get pictures of the operations going on in the north.

    • VoiceofNigerians

      Why not go there and do the snapping or have you forgotten ISIS and the US journalist case in IRAQ?

      • Kitunde


      • King Carlos

        Has the killing of the us journalist deterred others from doing their job?

        • Otile

          Good question indeed,

        • VoiceofNigerians

          So it is not job?

      • Otile

        Good question.

    • Otile

      They want you to believe without seeing.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Our gallant soldiers are winning the war on paper (media) but the facts on ground do not agree

    • Otile

      I believe your assessment is right.

  • jay

    why are we like this in this country? thats why nothing can positive happen, we are in the north and we can testify that we are winning the war, the bombblast in kano is the sign that something is going on .they have surrendered almost all the territories in their possessions,trying to back to their formal way of bombing. our soldiers, we love u all keep doing the good work.

  • yemi

    welcome back??? really!!

    Is this how the integrity of men are restored unto them?

    Naija sense dem dem abi.

    As a FORMER big fan of Mr abati, I cannot welcome him back. He failed the masses when it mattered most. Mr Abati had the choice to choose the path of integrity. His job could have been done with dignity and respect to Nigerians. But he choose not to. We have to start holding people by their actions, and not by their words. Mr Abati wants to get his respect back with words. I say never, at least not from me.

  • Datti

    Rueben Abati died some few years ago. Let the public be warned that anyone who lays claim to the names is an impostor and a liar. RIP Abati of the Guardian and of the Ogun State University.

  • Emmanuel