Nigerian Forces Arrest Local Boko Haram Commander

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Security forces in Nigeria say they have arrested an operational commander for the Islamist militant sect Boko Haram.

A VOA reporter says the man was arrested Friday in the northern city of Kano. Media reports from the area identify the man as Suleiman Mohammed, and say he was arrested along with his wife and five children during a raid on his house.

Security forces also found a cache of weapons and improvised explosive devices.

Boko Haram has carried out numerous attacks across northern Nigeria over the past two years. In January, it claimed responsibility for a series of car bombings and shootings in Kano that killed more than 180 people.