The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said Special Forces captured a massive armoury with arms and ammunition in one of the camps of Boko Haram insurgents near Lake Chad.
This was contained in an electronic mail sent to journalists on Saturday by the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade.
Olukolade said the Special Forces captured the large cache of arms and ammunition from a dump in one of the camps of the insurgents on Friday night.
He said the arms and ammunition were still being evacuated from the site where several of the insurgents were said to have died during the raid.
According to him, troops and men of the Mutli-National Joint Task Force raided camps, surrounded the outskirts of Duguri, Polkime, Malafatori and other locations around the fringes of Lake Chad.
He added that large sums of money in different currencies and denominations were also recovered.
The defence spokesman said a soldier died and five others were injured in the operation in which seven insurgents were captured.
The defence spokesman was silent on the number of insurgents killed in the latest raids.
Our correspondent however gathered that 10 of them were killed.
It was also gathered on Saturday that members of the sect, who carried out an attack on the headquarters of the 21 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army on Friday, were able to penetrate the barracks because of the absence of a perimeter fence around the sensitive facility.
A security source told our correspondent that the insurgents arrived the military facility from different locations and emerged from a tomato plantation near the barracks.
The source said the situation at the 21 Brigade headquarters known as Giwa Amu barracks was not different from other barracks in the North-East.
Meanwhile, there was tension in Maiduguri on Saturday as soldiers received an intelligence report that the members of the sect, who made an attempt at the Giwa Barracks on Friday were planning another attack on the Maimalari Cantonment, which is the headquarters of the newly created 7th Infantry Division of the Nigerian Army.
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