Battle of Konduga (2014)

The Battle of Kodunga was a military engagement between the Nigerian Armed Forces and Boko Haram insurgents in Konduga, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, in September 2014.

Battle of Kodunga
Part of the Boko Haram insurgency
Date12 September 2014
Location11°39′6″N 13°25′10″E / 11.65167°N 13.41944°E / 11.65167; 13.41944Coordinates: 11°39′6″N 13°25′10″E / 11.65167°N 13.41944°E / 11.65167; 13.41944
Result Nigerian victory
Belligerents
 Nigeria Boko Haram
Strength
Unknown 250
Casualties and losses
Unknown over 186
Battle of Konduga (2014) is located in Nigeria
Battle of Konduga (2014)
Location within Nigeria
Battle of Konduga (2014) is located in Africa
Battle of Konduga (2014)
Battle of Konduga (2014) (Africa)

BackgroundEdit

Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group, who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Boko Haram has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria since 2009, and more recently in Cameroon, Chad and Niger as well. Past estimates have stated that Nigeria held the highest number of terrorist attacks in 2013.[1]

Boko Haram carried out previous attacks in Konduga, including a mass shooting in 2013 and massacres in January and February 2014.

BattleEdit

In September 2014, military reports said that Boko Haram fighters attempted to capture the town of Konduga.[2] Nigerian infantry successfully repelled the attack through a combined assault of ground soldiers and aerial attacks. 100 Boko Haram fighters were confirmed killed, while only a "handful" fled the battle, with most of the dead being beyond recognition. The armed forces proceeded to seize anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades, several Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, and an armored personal carrier (APC).[3]

AftermathEdit

After the battle, Nigerian Defense Headquarters made a public statement, reassuring residents of Maiduguri and its surrounding areas of safety from Boko Haram.

There was another battle in Konduga between Boko Haram and the armed forces on 2 March 2015, which Nigeria also won. BH carried out suicide bombings in Konduga in 2018 and 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oscar Nkala (29 July 2014). "Nigeria tops world terror attack fatality list". defenseWeb. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Metro - Soldiers Kill 100 Boko Haram Fighters in Battle for Kodunga". Nigerian Bulletin - Latest News Updates.
  3. ^ "Soldiers kill over 100 Boko Haram members during battle for Kodunga". DailyPost Nigeria.