Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Boko Haram kingpin held

The Nation
2 February 2012

ON a day some of the victims of the Christmas Day bombing were buried, the news broke yesterday that a Boko Haram kingpin had been seized.

A spokesman of the group, who has been using the pseudonym Abu Qaqa, was arrested yesterday in Kaduna.

Qaqa is fond of speaking on the telephone to reporters in Maiduguri, the troubled Borno State capital that has been the scene of many battles between security agents and Boko Haram insurgents, after major Boko Haram attacks.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said Qaqa and another top shot of the sect were picked up at about 4am yesterday, following an all-night operation.

The two suspects were picked up at a hideout in Kaduna after a six-hour tracking of their telephone lines and their movement through GPRS.

The source said: “After trailing the spokesman in the last few months, we got a tip-off that he was in Kaduna and we set machinery in motion to track him down.

“The operation was led by one of our new officers who just returned from anti-terrorism training abroad.

“The operation was all-night and it was conducted with support from soldiers.  Even though Qaqa is fond of discarding SIM cards at every turn, we were able to locate him and effect his arrest.

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