Nigeria troops kill senior militant

AFP-JIJI

Nigeria’s military said Wednesday it had killed the second-in-command of the Islamist group Boko Haram while repelling an insurgent attack earlier this month.

A military statement said there had been a bounty of 25 million naira ($156,000) on the head of Momodu Bama, who went by the alias Abu Saad.

“During the Boko Haram terrorists’ attack . . . on Aug. 4, 2013, (troops) killed Momodu Bama,” a statement from the army’s spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, said.

He was killed in the town of Bama, northeastern Borno state, Boko Haram’s traditional stronghold, the statement added.