To lay credence to its claim, military authorities said Special Forces in the area had yesterday arrested a group of insurgents who went in search of food. The arrest, it said, followed a tip off from some members of the community.
Defence spokesman, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, who made this known in a statement yesterday, said weapons and other materials were recovered from the terrorists.
Olukolade stated: “The intensive cordon and search operation being conducted by the troops of the Special Forces received a major boost from civilian cooperation in communities close to locations being focused in the operation yesterday. A group of terrorists moving from village to village in search of large quantity of food were tracked and apprehended following a tip off from civilians.
“The group which was moving around in a Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep with registration number Borno XA 428 ADM, suspected to have been stolen was eventually arrested at Daban Masara with weapons such as AK 47 rifle, single barrel shotgun, double hand shotgun and various calibres of ammunition,” he stated.