Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nigerian troops root out Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri and Konduga, capture many insurgents' military hardware

Nigerian troops are now fully in control of Maiduguri and Konduga, Military authorities said yesterday, the two cities had been attacked in the early hours of Sunday by Boko Haram, noting that the fighting lasted into the early hours of yesterday.

Consequently, the curfew imposed on the capital, Maiduguri, has been lifted, while members of President Goodluck Jonathan's campaign train including journalists, medical personnel and body guards who were trapped as a result of the curfew, left for Abuja, yesterday.

A statement posted on the Defence Headquarters twitter handle, yesterday, said: "More casualties were inflicted on terrorists as troops battled fleeing ones and reinforcement at outskirts of Maiduguri and Konduga Sunday night.

"Substantial amounts of heavy weapons have been captured, as more terrorists died in the fight which lasted till early yesterday morning

"Our forces also recorded some casualties. Meanwhile, ground troops are in charge and airforce patrol still ongoing."

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