Nigerian villagers under probe as army continues Baga mop upfrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA military, which reported success in the fight against terrorists in Baga this past weekend, is probing if some women claiming to be villagers are linked to the Boko Haram terror group.
This follows the stabbing of a soldier 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 on Saturday evening.
“A number of individuals who claimed to be residents are also being interrogated in order to ascertain their identity and motive,” said Chris Olukolade, Major General: Director Defence Information
“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.”
Meanwhile, Olukolade said 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 areas by fleeing 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.”
He said the cordon and search as well as patrol of the localities continue while the offensive on terrorists was progressing in other areas of the theatre of the counter terrorist campaign.
– CAJ News
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