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Nigerian Security Forces Continue To Crackdown On Islamic Extremist Group

ICC Note:

Nigerian security forces continue to crackdown on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram as they arrest more officials of the group. ICC has been pressuring Nigeria to confront Boko Haram and it is great to see that that is actually taking place. Boko Haram has perpetrated many acts of persecution against Christians in Nigeria, including the burning of Churches, homes and the murder of believers. ICC will continue to insist that the Nigerian government takes further action to confront this extremist group and protect the Christians that are the victims of their attacks. 

9/18/2012 Nigeria (AllAfrica) - Two other commanders of the sect were arrested on Monday in the northern city of Kano.

The Joint Military Task Force, JTF, in northern Nigeria on Monday September 17 reportedly killed the spokesman of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Abu Qaqa, in the city of Kano. Thisday newspaper quoted JTF's spokesman in Kano, Lieutenant Ikedichi Iwehia as saying the early morning operation in Hotoro neighbourhood also led to the arrest of two topmost sect commanders wanted by security agencies.

The spokesman stated that the arrested militant suspects had been taken into custody in one of the security facilities in the state, the Nigerian Tribune newspaper reported. According to him, the operation started at 6.00 a.m. at a compound in Hotoro. He said security men who raided the residence were resisted by the insurgents, leading to a fierce gunfight.

Lt Iwehia added that the suspects were linked to several cases of insurgency recorded in the area recently. Prominent among them was the killing in Kano State of a security officer attached to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and his entire family on Sunday September 16. Lt Iwehia did not however disclose the identity of the arrested leaders, neither did Boko Haram confirm the alleged death of their spokesman.

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Boko Haram has staged numerous attacks across northern and central Nigeria, attacking churches and schools, and killing some 1,400 people. Its members say they are against Western education.

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