no fewer than 50 of members of Boko Haram were killed by the Nigerian troops, according to a senior military official who said the Army was making concerted efforts in preventing the insurgents gain access to the state capital Maiduguri.
According to him, government forces are also fighting a southwards push into neighbouring Adamawa State by the terrorist group, which has recently departed from its usual hit-and-run tactics and started to seize towns and territory.
According to a statement released on its website, the Military said.
“Over 50 terrorists died yesterday (Sunday) afternoon as troops raided their hideout in Kawuri before setting out on a planned attack on Konduga,” It added, “One fabricated artillery gun, two anti-aircraft gun, an armoured vehicle and assorted types of ammunition were captured in the process. Some hardware, weapons, food items and personal belongings were also destroyed in the raid.
“One officer and two soldiers were seriously wounded.”
Government warplanes have bombed and strafed the militants after they stormed Bama last week.
“Bama has been recaptured by the soldiers and I can confirm to you Maiduguri is safe,” the official in Abuja told Reuters.
This was confirmed by a market woman who said the Nigerian troops are now in command of Bama