By Samuel Ogundipe
Nigerian military’s gains against the Boko Haram sect continues on Sunday with the cordon and search operation it carried out on the recent recaptured town of Baga, officials said.
The cleaning operation began after the troops successfully ran Boko Haram operatives out of the town which was seized few months ago.
“Troops engaged in cordon and search in Baga continue to discover more arms of various background and shapes abandoned in some houses and the surrounding by fleeing terrorists,” a statement by the military spokesman said.
The statement, which was signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, also noted that soldiers also recovered weapons abandoned by the terrorists:
“Heaps of weapons most of which were strange looking or destroyed are still being gathered. Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been discovered.”
The statement also acknowledged attack on two personnel, but fell short of disclosing their current state of health.
“A soldier was stabbed while another was shot during a close quarter battle which ensued as troops involved in cordon and search caught up with some of the fleeing terrorists yesterday evening.”
Th troops are now building relationship with the civilians around the area.
“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. Wanting to be sure the group was not working for the terrorists despite the excitement, they had to be placed under watch.”