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Nigerian Military Arrests B'Haram Soldiers Disguised As Women

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The Nigerian military continues to bombard Sambisa forest and other communities of Boko Haram's strongholds. Recently, some terrorists in Baga, Borno state, disguised as women, were arrested by Nigerian soldiers.

Baga, the headquarters of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, was captured by the insurgents in January but was recaptured by the Special Forces on Saturday.

Revealing the arrest of disguised terrorists, Major General Chris Olukolade, director of Defence Information, in a statement, said the military had established a cordon on Baga and embarked on the search of houses to fish out insurgents, who were hiding after being dislodged.

He also revealed that various weapons were recovered in the area, while the military was interrogating suspects. He however did not give the exact number of the terrorists arrested.

 “The cordon and search in Baga has revealed some terrorists disguising as women.  The searches are also yielding more discoveries of arms, especially bombs hidden in various locations, especially Baga town.  Apart from those captured in the course of fighting, many arrests of terrorists hiding in the town are being made and troops are still busy interrogating the suspects", he stated.

The Defence spokesman said that the troops had arrested many terrorists hiding in Baga apart from those captured during the battle to liberate the town.

 In an earlier statement on Sunday, Major General Olukolade said that troops were screening a group of people mostly women in Baga to ascertain their true identities and to find out whether they were supporters of the deadly sect or not.

According to him, the air strikes “have been highly successful, as they achieved the aims, hitting vital targets with required precision”.

He said insurgents were in disarray, “as they scamper to escape from the impact of air bombardment of their locations in the forest”.

Olukolade said, having successfully liberated Baga, where the terrorists have been marauding, the troops’ attention has now been focused on consolidation of the security of the area to pave way for return of citizens.

Olukolade had revealed on Sunday that soldiers discovered more arms of various background and shapes abandoned in some houses and the surroundings by fleeing terrorists.

According to him, heaps of weapons, most of which were strange looking or destroyed, are still being gathered. Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been discovered.

On the casualty suffered, he stated that a soldier was stabbed while another was shot during a close quarter battle, which ensued as troops involved in cordon and search caught up with some of the fleeing terrorists.

On the reaction of Baga residents, he said that the group consisting mostly women continued to hail and cheer the troops, as they conduct thorough search in the area. Wanting to be sure the group was not working for the terrorists despite the excitement, they had to be placed under watch.

General Olukolade said the cordon, search and patrol of Baga would continue, “while the offensive on terrorists is progressing in other areas of the theater of the counter terrorist campaign".

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