Nigeria arrests top Islamists

2012-01-18 14:34

Kano - Nigerian soldiers have arrested six Islamists described as high-ranking members of the Boko Haram sect during a raid in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, an officer said on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, soldiers from the Joint Task Force (JTF) on Tuesday raided a hideout used by the extremist group - which has claimed a string of deadly attacks in recent days - and defused five bombs across the city.

"We have succeeded in arresting six high-profile members of Boko Haram in a raid on their hideout following useful information provided us by some residents," JTF commander Victor Ebhaleme told AFP.

He said the six were being interrogated and gave no further details.

In another part of the city, notorious for bomb and shooting attacks blamed on Boko Haram, soldiers defused five bombs.

"We defused five IEDs [improvised explosive devices]... we believe to have been planted by members of the Boko Haram sect which would have wreaked monumental havoc if they had detonated," Ebhaleme said.

Troops on Tuesday shot dead four suspected members of the sect and injured five others in the same city.

Maiduguri is the home ground of Boko Haram, a shadowy Islamist group blamed for increasingly deadly and sophisticated attacks in recent months.

It is believed to have a number of factions with differing aims, including some with political links, while speculation has also mounted over possible links between the group and al-Qaeda's North African branch.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-01-18 18:49

    please arrest more i will be very glad on my side

  • Biggerman - 2012-01-18 19:57

    Atlast the muslim cults like Boko Haram and Hamas are getting what they deserve: nukes.

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-19 07:29

    Nice to see the Nigerians awakening from their long slumber and starting to look after themselves and each other again. Christians the world over FEEL for them deeply in face of this brutally violent insurgency of Islam extremists to follow through with that agenda of annihilating Africans from their land through insidious colonization and slavery. From our side, they have even reached as far as Mtwalume on the KZN coast, and have infiltrated the SA government until nearly all rationale has flown out the window.

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