Nigerian army captures Boko Haram leaders

2013-06-26 11:17

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Cape Town - The Nigeria military has captured key leaders of the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram and recovered a cache of weapons, local newspaper Daily Post reported on Wednesday.

Troops deployed to Borno and Yobe, two northern states that have been placed under state of emergency since 14 May, uncovered several camps that the insurgents had built in the forests.

"The team [discovered] various weapons, including rockets and locally fabricated weapon accessories captured in the forest," military spokesperson Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said in a statement.

The task force also recovered "a large number of materials to make improvised explosive devices, laptops, mobile communication equipment, as well as locally made rockets and rocket launchers", according to Olukolade.

Olukolade did not disclose how many insurgents were arrested or their names.

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