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Saturday, May 12, 2012

JTF Arrests Boko Haram Leader In Kano


Nigerian troops in Kano arrested a
suspected leading Boko Haram militant
in a raid Friday, a day after the restive
city where the Islamist group is based
was rocked by blasts and gunfire.
“We had an operation this morning… at
a Boko Haram hideout. We made some
arrests but details will be given later,”
Kano military spokesman Lieutenant
Iweha Ikedichi told AFP.
A security source involved in the raid in
the Farawa neighbourhood of Kano, the
largest city in the north, said a
suspected high-profile member of the
group, Suleiman Mohammed, was
arrested along with his wife and five
children. Mohammed is said to be from
Ogbomosho in Oyo state.
“We recovered three pistols, a rifle,
1,000 rounds of ammunition and 10
IEDs (improvised explosive devices),”
the source said, adding that the house
was destroyed during the raid.
Friday’s raid came a day after several
explosions and gunfire rocked the
restive northeastern city of Maiduguri
where Boko Haram has its base.
“In the late hours we had two
explosions followed by sporadic
gunshots. I don’t have any further
information now on casualties,” a
security official who did not want to be
named told AFP.
He said the attack happened near a
church in an area where a mosque
owned by Boko Haram was razed
during a 2009 crackdown on the group.
AFP saw truckloads of soldiers deployed
to the area on Friday.
The military and local residents reported
a third blast on Thursday in a different
area of the city.
“There was a blast in an open field by
the riverside. We still don’t know who
the target was but nobody was hurt,”
military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel
Sagir Musa told AFP.
Residents said it happened near a
football field where a match was being
played and caused people to flee.
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state,
has seen some of the worst violence
blamed on the extremist sect, which has
focused its attacks on the mainly Muslim
north.
Boko Haram’s increasingly bloody
insurgency has claimed more than
1,000 lives since mid-2009.

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