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Fight against extremists progressing – military

23 February 2015, 07:00

Abuja -The military said on Sunday that the offensive against Boko Haram was progressing, claiming soldiers had recovered stocks of arms abandoned by insurgents fleeing the recaptured town of Baga.

"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," military spokesperson General Chris Olukolade said in a statement.

Troops engaged in cordon and search operations in Baga have continued to discover arms of various types and provenance that were dumped by fleeing insurgents in houses and surrounding areas, the statement said.

Also Read: Nigerian forces retake Baga from Boko Haram

Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been found, it said.

The town, a fishing hub on the shore of Lake Chad in the far north of Borno state, was retaken on Saturday morning.

A soldier was stabbed and another was shot during a close quarter battle which ensued as troops caught up with fleeing terrorists, it added.

‘Worst massacre’

The military claims to have recaptured the town of Baga from Boko Haram came more than a month after it was overrun in what is feared to be the worst massacre in the six-year insurgency that has claimed more than 13 000 lives.

There was no independent corroboration of Baga returning to army control, as thousands of the town's residents fled after Boko Haram attacked on 3 January. Hundreds of people, if not more, were killed in the following days.

In an interview published in a national newspaper on Sunday, President Goodluck Jonathan said he had underestimated Boko Haram Islamists.



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