Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boko Haram Leader, 5 Others Arrested

29 September 2011

Borno State governor Alhaji Kashim Shettima stated yesterday that security forces have arrested a top commander of Boko Haram accused of orchestrating attacks on policemen and clerics.
“I believe the worst is over,” Shettima told the Associated Press in an interview, adding that five others were also arrested and being detained.
The governor said that those who continue the sectarian campaign of assassinations and bombings will be hunted down by the military and police people whose numbers were increasing in his state.
Boko Haram maintains a loose command-and-control structure, allowing different groups to operate autonomously from each other, Shettima said. “They operate in some sort of cells, some sort of units that are interlinked, but generally they take directives from one commander,” he said.
He said progress is being made following the arrest, adding that “political problem needs political solution”.

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