Fight against Islamists progressing – Nigeria

2015-02-23 05:54
(File, Jon Gambrell, AP)

(File, Jon Gambrell, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Abuja - Nigeria's 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.

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 in northeast Nigeria, 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’

Nigerian 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.

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 neighbouring Nigeria's northeast as regional forces pursue them.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.