Feared Boko Haram Commander ‘Amir’ Reportedly Killed
by, AP | Mashable
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Soldiers killed scores of Islamic extremists in a rare victory, as the insurgents advanced on a town near the northeast city of Maiduguri, an officer and other witnesses said.
One officer said a feared Boko Haram commander known only as Amir was among some 200 militants killed in a battle Friday in Konduga town, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and birthplace of the extremist group.
Also killed was a Boko Haram video journalist and a suicide bomber, he said.
There were no military casualties, according to the officer and a civilian self-defense group that fights alongside the soldiers. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters.
Boko Haram in recent weeks has taken a string of towns stretching over 200 miles (320 kilometers)…
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