ICC Note: The Nigerian military has arrested the alleged mastermind behind several recent bomb attacks in Nigeria. The suspect was detained with two other suspects in Gombe. He is allegedly responsible for the twin blasts in Jos that killed a total of 44 people in a restaurant and in a mosque, as well as the attack in Zaria which killed 26 in a local government building. The arrest comes during a flurry of Boko Haram attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians since the beginning of the month. Boko Haram has murdered Christians and Muslims alike, and has increased attacks significantly since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
By Jethro Mullen
7/9/15, Nigeria (CNN) –
The Nigerian military has arrested a man who it says masterminded recent bomb attacks in two different cities that killed at least 70 people.
The suspect was arrested along with two other people at a checkpoint in the northeastern city of Gombe, the military said in a statement Wednesday.
One of the other suspects was shot trying to escape, the military said, without saying whether the shooting was fatal.
The statement didn’t identify any of the suspects by name or give details on why the military believes one of them orchestrated the deadly bombings.