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We killed, arrested Boko Haram leaders – JTF

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Soldiers manning a checkpoint in Kano shot to death two suspected Boko Haram leaders, AP reports.

The dead reportedly included the spokesman for the sect, as well as a commander who operates in Kogi State, a military official said.

It is unclear what happened next, though the official said soldiers shot dead both the commander and the spokesman, while adding that the wife and children remained in military custody.

The wife told soldiers the men had accompanied her to Kano as she sought medical help, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as the information was not to be made immediately public on Monday.

However, spokesman for the Joint Task Force, Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the development.

According to him, the operation was carried out in Hotoro area in Kano metropolis.

He said, “During the early morning operation, one member of the terrorists group was killed and two other members arrested.”

I cannot confirm to you the identity of the suspects arrested yet, because I don’t have the nominal role of the terrorists group.

“As soon as investigation is completed, the identity of the suspects will be made public. Investigation has to be completed before I can tell you the identity of the suspects.”

He said the operation lasted for over one hour before reports went round that very top members of the terrorist group were killed.

Government officials may be hesitating as they previously claimed to have arrested the sect’s spokesman, who uses the nom de guerre Abul Qaqa when speaking to journalists. Confusion over his death sparked threats by the sect against journalists who previously reported on the government claim.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Two suspected bombers blow selves up

Two suspected bombers blow selves up

Part of Kaduna metropolis was on Tuesday thrown into confusion as two suspected suicide bombers blew up themselves while taking an object suspected to be a bomb to an unknown destination.

The two suspects, according to an eyewitness, were on a motorcycle heading towards the northern part of the state at about 3pm when the object exploded killing them on the spot.

Another motorcyclist, said to be following the two suspects, had his stomach ripped. He was rushed to the 44 Army Reference Hospital in the metropolis, where he later died. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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It was not Boko Haram that killed Senator, Lawmaker in Plateau – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the recent killing in Plateau State which led to the death of a serving senator, Gyang Dantong and a Member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Gyang Fulani was not the handiwork of Boko Haram sect.

But, the Islamist militants recently claimed the responsibility that they were behind the killing of the senator and the lawmaker.

Jonathan who was addressing members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) during its sixtieth meeting held at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja, did not elaborate further on who was responsible for the attacks which the Boko Haram sect had claimed responsibility.

He said: “If you look at the issue of Boko Haram for the past three weeks, except the one we had in Plateau State which was quite unfortunate and had nothing to do with Boko Haram, it is something we have been following up and we will continue to work with Governor Jang and other stakeholders to make sure we resolve the Jos crisis. Outside that there is hope and God’s willing, the issue of Boko Haram will come to an end.”

While emphasizing on the need for security, Jonathan said: “During our campaigns, our emphasis was more on job creation and power. But now what worries us most is security.”

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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10-year-old boy killed in Nigeria school attack

A 10-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when an assailant fired a grenade at an Islamic school in the central Nigerian city of Jos, an area plagued by sectarian violence, officials and residents said.

Witnesses described a man dressed in red firing what appeared to be a rocket launcher at the school in the Bukuru area of Jos.

Residents and police said more weapons were fired after the initial attack, but there were no further casualties.

“An Islamic school was the target of the attack,” said Pam Ayuba, the spokesman for the governor of Plateau state, of which Jos is the capital.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Abuh said the assailant fired a rocket-propelled grenade from the road adjacent to the school that marks an informal dividing line between a Muslim and Christian neighbourhood in the southern part of Jos.

“A 10-year-old boy was hit on the head… and he died,” said Abuh, adding that the attacker fled the scene.

The victim was a bystander and not enrolled at the Nurul Islam school, where students were studying for exams when the attacker struck. The school is a seminary that combines secular Western-style education with an Islamic curriculum.

Two weeks ago, a bomb discovered there was defused before it exploded, residents said.

Murtala Abdullahi told AFP the lone attacker had escaped into the nearby Christian neighbourhood, but officials could not confirm that account.

Military spokesman Salihu Mustapha said the ability of a civilian to obtain a military-grade weapon like an RPG was worrying.

“That is now something that we have to look into,” he said.

After the shooting, rival youth mobs set up barricades on the road but the military intervened before clashes erupted, Mustapha said.

When the mobs dispersed unknown attackers fired two more grenades, targeting the military and a market but both landed in open space, residents said.

Abuh confirmed that at least one more grenade was fired but said no one was hurt and the assailant was not identified.

The governor’s spokesman charged that the school attack was “a deliberate effort to distract the security services.”

Tension is high in Plateau state after the military revealed plans to launch campaigns to root out gunmen suspected of belonging to a mainly Muslim group of herdsmen accused of killing more than 100 people earlier this month.

On July 7, gunmen suspected of belonging to the Fulani tribe stormed mainly Christian villages and killed more than 80 people.

Another 22 people, including two senior politicians, were killed the following day in an attack on the funeral of the victims, also blamed on the Fulani.

Fulani pastoralists have long-standing grievances against the state’s mainly Christian leaders, including disputes over land rights and claims of discrimination.

Jos has also been struck by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, responsible for scores of attacks in northern and central Nigeria since mid-2009.

Aside from violence involving the Fulani, Jos has for several years seen sporadic clashes between Muslim and Christian groups, which have left thousands of people dead.

Plateau state is in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” region, on the dividing line between the mainly Christian south and majority Muslim north in Africa’s most populous country.

Political and security leaders, including Governor Jonah Jang, held a meeting in Jos on Monday, declaring that “Plateau state is under siege” and urging more dialogue between religious leaders to stem the violence.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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‘Obasanjo would have stopped Boko Haram’

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
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Founder, Ifeoluwa Mission, Rev. Tela Tella, said on Tuesday that Boko Haram assumed the monster it had become because President Goodluck Jonathan failed to apply the ruthlessness of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

At a news conference, Tella, said the level the dreaded sect had got to could no longer be tackled by force but by persuasion and dialogue.

He said, “The mistake President Goodluck Jonathan made about Boko Haram was that he did not borrow from Obasanjo’s ruthlessness. Now, he has missed it; he cannot use force anymore.

“Applying force now is too late. There is already total confusion in his administration. Boko Haram is beyond him because he did not take action quickly.”

However, he said Jonathan was the Lord’s chosen and nothing anybody could do about it.

“It is true that Jonathan is not one of the most powerful persons that is supposed to lead the country. But who are you to oppose the Lord’s chosen? Majority of Nigerians voted for him, so that means God wants him there,” he said.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Police discover bomb factory disguised as church, mosque

The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command, Mr. Muhammed Katsina, on Monday said the command had uncovered another bomb factory in Okaito, a remote village in Okehi Local Government Area of the state.

From December 2011 till date, four different bomb factories had been uncovered in Kogi State. One was at Kabba, while the remaining three were at Lokoja, Okene, Okehi and Adavi areas.

Speaking with journalists in Lokoja, he said police officers uncovered the bomb factory with the help of the suspect arrested in connection with last Sunday’s bomb explosion near Living Faith Church and Deeper Life Christian Church, along Okene-Obehira Road in Okene.

Katsina said the police recovered from the bomb factory, 46 Improvised Explosive Device, three bottles of potassium Chloride, 15 fuses, 15 capacitors, five litres of acid and one electrical detonator.

Others items, according to him, were Bibles, Qurans, 250m detonating cord, three remote controlled siren GSM sets, rolls of firing cables, nails of various sizes, ammunitions, motorcycle, and other household items.

He said the factory buildings were designed as a church and a mosque ostensibly to deceive people while in actual fact, they were buildings where bombs of various sizes were manufactured and transportation to other places.

He, however, did not name the owners of the buildings, but said investigations were ongoing.

While parading the suspect, Katsina warned that those arrested in connection with any crisis or insecurity in any part of the state would be punished according to the law, no matter how highly placed.

He also advised property owners, especially landlords to scrutinise prospective tenants thoroughly before giving out their properties.

Also, less than 48 hours after an attack by suspected terrorists gang in the Mahuta Village of Kaduna State, the police in the state said on Monday that they raided a bomb factory located at Rafin-Guza, near Kawo, where it impounded different cans of explosives and bomb-making powder.

Police Public Relation Officer of thestate command, Aminu Lawan, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said one person was reportedly killed during the attack which was repelled by the youth of the area.

The Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar Jingiri, at a press briefing at the headquarters of the command, said a “confessed terrorist” led the police to the hideout where other items were equally recovered.

These included two bags of chemicals, a jerry can of acid, two masks, an AK47 magazine with 27 rounds of live ammunition and eight car alarm systems.

The commissioner had earlier on July 12, said his men arrested three bandits who robbed a filling station manager at Maraban Yakawaada, Giwa Local Government Area.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Breaking News: Suicide bomber kills 5 at northeast Nigerian mosque

 

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, July 13 (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed five people at the central mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Friday, the military said, the latest attack in a region plagued by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents.

“Five people have been killed and six others injured in the Maiduguri central mosque suicide bomb attack,” military spokesman Sagir Musa told reporters. (Reporting by Ibrahim Mshelizza; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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