Vanguard (Lagos)

26 February 2013

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kingpin, Three Others Killed in Borno

Photo: NAN
Members of a Boko Haram splinter group during a news conference.

A top Boko Haram commander was Tuesday killed in a morning raid carried out by snipers deployed from the Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Hope, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The BH kingpin and his lieutenants are said to have crossed from Kano State to Borno some weeks ago and had been carrying out series of attacks on JTF patrol vehicles and locations as well as the bombing of many places in the state.

Members of Boko Haram splinter group during a news conference in Maiduguri, Saturday where they insisted on a cease-fire. Photo: Nan.

However, the four men and their fighters ran out of luck when soldiers from the JTF confronted them in a gun duel following a tip off on their location, which was traced to the Kasuwan Kaji area of the metropolis.

The battle was taken by the soldiers to the insurgents between the hours of 2am and 5.50 am on Monday when the fighters were still enjoying their sleep.

On arriving at the location, the JTF is said to have cordoned off the area and carried out checks on suspected houses and business premises during which the kingpins reportedly opened fire on the soldiers without knowing that they were in for a rough deal.

The Spokesman for the JTF, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, confirmed the raid on the BH hideout and the death of its commander and three of his lieutenants during the raid.

Musa also said that three other BH fighters arrested by soldiers during the raid, had been detained in their custody and were undergoing interrogation.

"The notorious BH commander and three of his lieutenants lost their lives in an exchange of fire while three were arrested by the JTF and are undergoing interrogation in JTF custody.

"Items recovered from the terrorists included: three AK- 47 rifles, two Dane guns, three magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, two bows and 18 arrows and assorted IEDs materials," Musa said.

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