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Another Boko Haram commander killed in shootout  print

Published on September 25, 2012 by   ·   7 Comments

A Nigerian Boko Haram sect commander known as Abubakar Yola has been killed by Nigerian soldiers in a shootout while trying to flee in Mubi, Adamawa state.

Lieutenant Saleh Mohammed Buba, military spokesman in Adamawa said the killing happened during a raid of the hideouts of members of the sect in the last 72 hours.

Buba also disclosed the arrest of 156 suspected members of the group.

“In the three-day operation, the town was placed under 24-hour curfew, which enabled soldiers to comb the nooks and corners,” said Lieutenant Saleh Mohammed Buba, military spokesman in Adamawa.

“A total of 156 suspects were rounded up in raids of suspected (Boko Haram) hideouts. A sect commander known as Abubakar Yola who went by the alias Abu Jihad was shot dead in a shootout while trying to flee,” he added.

The detained suspected gunmen would soon be produced in court, Buba said.

The operation was carried out in Mubi, not far from the city of Maiduguri in neighbouring Borno state, which is considered the base of the Islamist group that is blamed for killing more than 1,400 people in Nigeria since 2010.

The spokesman said about 300 explosive devices were discovered in what he described as an armory used by the sect, where about two dozen AK-47 guns were also being stored.

The military has claimed a series of successes against the group during weekend operations in several cities in the northeast, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.

However, previous such raids have failed to stop Boko Haram and resulted in accusations of major abuses by soldiers.

In Damaturu, the military said it killed 35 suspected Boko Haram members in fierce gun battles from late Sunday into the early hours of Monday morning. Some 60 people were also arrested there following the door-to-door sweep in several neighbourhoods.

Like Mubi, Damaturu was placed under round-the-clock curfew ahead of the military operation, but the curfew has since been relaxed.

Earlier this month, Boko Haram claimed arson attacks on about two dozen telecommunication masts across northern Nigeria, with Mubi and Damaturu among the areas hit.

The attacks disrupted mobile phone service across the region, but regular service has since been re-established in most areas.

Violence blamed on Boko Haram had ebbed in recent weeks, but a suicide bombing at a church in the northern city of Bauchi on Sunday which killed a woman and a child resembled attacks previously claimed by the group.

Rights groups have accused Nigeria’s military of using heavy-handed tactics in previous operations against Boko Haram targets, including allegations of indiscriminate arrests.

Amid an apparent crackdown on the group’s strongholds, Nigeria has said it is engaging in back-channel talks in an effort to halt the violence.

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7 Comments for “Another Boko Haram commander killed in shootout”

  1. Good work Almighty Allah will give you more power to finish all this Boko Boko Hara Hara who are killing innocent peoples everyday.

  2. Gerald

    We just hope this is not a make up story in order for us to appraise the Govt …i just hope its true and if so good work Naija military.

  3. Prof

    @ Omotayo, God bless you for that kind comment. Boko Haram will soon soon become history in Nigeria if we all collectively reject them!

  4. general olusegun obasanjo

    am sincerely happy for this news pls ride on flush them out.

  5. DTWO

    GOD will surely deliver us from internal and external enemy.

  6. ADE

    let anybody say whatever they want to say. Military men carry on. Continue to search for them and destroy their habitation because they are your enemies. They dont have respect for the military men that have been under training for many years to protect her citizens. Wipe them out they are enemies of nigeria.
    God shal, continue to give you wisdom, knowledge, power, and spiritual support

  7. EMEGHAJOSEPH

    KUDOS TO THE MILITARY KEEP THE WORKGOING! I DID SAY THAT BOKO WILL NEVER WIN THIS WAR 1 NEVER IN THIS LIFE SHOULD NIGERIA NGO DOWN ON HER KNEES FOR THIS IDIOTS!.

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