Nigeria’s military said 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.
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 spokesman 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.
Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been found, it said.
town, a fishing hub on the shore of Lake Chad in the far north of Borno
state in northeast Nigeria, was retaken on Saturday morning.
soldier was stabbed and another was shot during a close quarter battle
which ensued as troops caught up with fleeing terrorists, it added.
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
There was no independent corroboration of Baga
returning to army control, as thousands of the town’s residents fled
after Boko Haram attacked on January 3. 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.
Over one million people have
been left homeless since 2009 as the rebels have sought to carve out an
Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria.
The extremists have
recently extended their violent campaign into nations neighboring
Nigeria’s northeast as regional forces pursue them.