Over 450 members of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic sect may have been killed in a shoot out with the Nigerian military in parts of troubled Borno state, it was learnt Wednesday
The source, a member of the Civilian JTF, disclosed that the insurgents were repelled back from both Ngamdu, about 100 kilometres from Maiduguri on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road and Konduga, about 40 kilometres on the Maiduguri-Bama road.
He said they were probably heading towards Maiduguri from the two opposite directions, The source claimed that the soldiers of the Nigerian Army 7 division, headquarters in Maiduguri stationed in the two towns, Konduga and Ngamdu engaged the insurgents in heavy confrontation at the break of the day and killed about 300 in Konduga where they had equally repelled them last week during which over 100 insurgents were killed.
He added that in Ngamdu, 150 insurgents were killed in the exchange of gunfire.
The source, who spoke on phone with our Correspondent on Wednesday afternoon, said: “As I am talking to you the corpses of the insurgents are lying the streets in the two towns.”
He further revealed that the military attacked members of the sect with the assistance of the local vigilante.
Another person, Bashir Abbas, a member of the youth vigilante group said the attempts of the Boko Haram sect to invade Maiduguri, the Borno state capital was repelled back by the military at different parts of the state with the insurgents suffering heavy casualties.
Details to follow