The Defence Headquarters has said that soldiers who are fighting Boko Haram have come across huge amount of arms of various background and shapes in the process of the ongoing cordon and search exercise at Baga in Borno. They were said to have been abandoned in some houses and surrounding by fleeing terrorists.
According to the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade in a statement today, the heaps of weapons, most of which were strange looking or destroyed are still being gathered.
“Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been discovered,’’ Olukolade said.
He said that a soldier was stabbed and another shot in close battle as troops involved in the cordon and search caught up with some of the fleeing terrorists today’s evening.
“A number of individuals who claimed to be residents are also being interrogated in order to ascertain their identity and motive.
“The group consisting mostly women continued to hail and cheer the troops as they conduct thorough search in the area.”
He said that in spite of their excitement, the residents are being placed “under watch’’ to be sure that they are not working for the terrorists.
“The cordon and search as well as patrol of the localities continue while the offensive on terrorists is progressing in other areas of the theatre of the counter terrorist campaign.” [myad]