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Military Detains Alleged Supplier Of Food, Fuel To Boko Haram, Rescues 260 Women, Children

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BEVERLY HILLS, May 03, (THEWILL) – A man who the Nigerian military said specializes in supplying fuel and food to terrorists has been detained in Daban Shata in the suburbs of Baga, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.

The man, who was not identified, was detained on Sunday morning, the military said in a statement by spokesperson, Major-General Chris Olukolade, adding that the military intelligence had been trailing him till he was eventually trapped in the early hours of Sunday. “He is presently undergoing interrogation.”

The military also announced the rescue of 260 women and children, who were held up while fleeing from the Boko Haram in the outskirts of Adamawa State, thus bringing the number of hostages rescued in the last one week to about 700 females and children.

The statement said, “… Troops on patrol yesterday 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.

“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.”