Nigeria has captured and is questioning a leader from the extremist group Boko Haram. Mohammed Zangina was captured early on Sunday in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. Military officials told the press that they believe Zangina has assisted Boko Haram in coordinating many of its suicide bomb attacks. Many of those attacks targeted Christians. Will this new capture insure Christians safety in northern Nigeria?
1/13/2013 Nigeria (CNN) – Nigeria’s military says it’s questioning a leader of Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group blamed for the killings of hundreds of civilians, after capturing him in the country’s northeast early Sunday.
Nigerian troops captured Mohammed Zangina shortly after midnight in the city of Maiduguri, said Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, a military spokesman. Zangina is a member of the Shura Committee, the movement’s governing body, and has coordinated “most of the most of the suicide attacks and bombings” in several cities, including the capital Abuja, Musa said.
Nigeria launched a military crackdown on Boko Haram on New Year’s Day. Human Rights Watch says the group — whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” — has killed more than 2,800 people in an escalating campaign to impose strict Islamic law on largely Muslim northern Nigeria.
In the past, the group attacked other Muslims it felt were on an immoral path. But it has increasingly targeted Christians with numerous attacks on churches, as well as striking police stations.