Nigerian troops uncover Boko Haram’s logistics store in raid: official

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YOLA, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 06: Local hunter known as Vigilante armed with locally made gun is seen on a pick up truck in Yola city of Adamawa State in Nigeria before he moves to border region between Nigeria and Cameroon to support Nigerian army fighting with Boko Haram militants on December 06, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nigerian army confirmed that troops uncovered a suspected Boko Haram logistics store and arrested some suspects during a raid in the northeastern state of Yobe.

The raid by troops took place in the town of Kurkareta in Yobe on Tuesday, recovering up to 62 jerrycans loaded with petrol hidden in different houses and shops, said a statement by Mohammed Yerima, the spokesman for the army.

Also, three vehicles belonging to the terrorists’ suppliers were impounded by the troops, who worked in conjunction with local vigilante groups in the area, Yerima said.

He, however, did not give the number of suspects arrested during the raid.

The successful raid was undertaken following credible intelligence that some members of the community are suppliers of fuel and other products to insurgents, he said.

“All the recovered items and the suspects are in our custody for preliminary investigations before handing them over to the appropriate agency for prosecution,” Yerima said, adding the army remained resolute in sustaining their offensive operations against terrorists in the area.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. The terror group has also extended its attacks to other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

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