Boko Haram: Nigeria's Army launches strike forces in North East theatre

Phillip Cunningham
August 16, 2017

The attack happened at a market in Konduga, where a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb. They are held responsible for killing at least 143 people before Tuesday's bombings and weakening the army's control.

The report said that the woman blew herself up at market in the village Konduga, near the city of Maiduguri in North-Eastern Nigeria.

An emergency source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that dozens of people were killed and others injured.

The Islamist group faced several reversals past year, losing large swathes of territory to the Nigerian military.

They have carried out attacks against civilian and military personnel, causing the deaths of scores of people and kidnapping several others.

Launching the outfit Tuesday at the Marmalari barracks, theatre Commander Major General Ibrahim Attahiru said that the outfit is made up of specially selected forces with mixed equipments and platforms to achieve the conduct of long range patrols deep into the Sambisa.

Almost 30 people were killed and more than 80 others were wounded in a series of suicide bombings near Maiduguri, the capital of Boko Haram-infested Borno state in Nigeria on Tuesday (15 August).

Abubakar Shekau is the current leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, he was deputy to founder Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed by police in 2009 while in custody. Recent church attacks on June 17 killed more than 50 people and sparked fears of a wider sectarian conflict in Nigeria.

While the Nigerian Air Force are of the opinion that the sect has been dealt with substantially, the military and Borno state governor agree that the fight is far from over.

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