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Suspect probed for supplying essentials to terrorists

04 May 2015, 07:32Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The military is grilling a man arrested in the Borno State on Sunday in connection with supplying fuel and food to terrorists.

The unidentified suspect was arrested in the suburbs of Baga after military intelligence had been trailing him.

“He is presently undergoing interrogation,” Chris Oukolade, Director of Defence Information, said.

The arrest of the man comes amid the military making strides against the Boko Haram in recent weeks.

Late Sunday, troops on patrol were reported to have located 260 women and children in the outskirts of Chalawa village in Adamawa state where they had been held up while trying to escape from terrorists.

They have now been conveyed back to their various communities in Madagali after undergoing the normal security profiling.

“Some of them disclosed that they had to abandon their homes to escape from the terrorists when Madagali came under their attack, while others were actually abducted and taken there. The terrorists were however sacked from the Madagali recently,” Olukolade said.

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Olukolade said a number of terrorists however died in an encounter with troops who caught up with them as they fled prior to the recovery of the women and children.

“Some of the terrorists still managed to escape with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. Others who were captured are now being interrogated by intelligence officers.”

A machine gun, some rounds of ammunition, as well as some motorcycles and bicycles were also captured from the terrorists. A member of the vigilante group serving as guide to the troops was however wounded.

Meanwhile, the operation in Sambisa forest is continuing as troops are methodically searching every aspect of the expansive terrain, the Defense spokesperson said.

- CAJ News


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