The Defence Headquarters yesterday said heaps of weapons have been uncovered by troops in Baga, Borno State barely 24 hours after reclaiming the fishing settlement.
It also claimed that a soldier was stabbed and another shot at close quarter during the cordon and search going on in the area.
A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, yesterday said: “Troops engaged in cordon and search in Baga continue to discover more arms of various background and shapes abandoned in some houses and the surrounding by fleeing terrorists.
“Heaps of weapons most of which were strange looking or destroyed are still being gathered. Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been discovered.
“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 yesterday (Saturday) evening.
“ A number of individuals who claimed to be residents are also being interrogated in order to ascertain their identity and motive.
“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.
The cordon and search as well as patrol of the localities continue while the offensive on terrorists is progressing in other areas of the theater of the counter -terrorist campaign.”