Jan. 16 (Xinhua)
Police in Nigeria’s northeastern Gombe State on Wednesday said they arrested another commander of the Boko Haram sect, barely two days after a leader of the sect was arrested in the northern state of Borno in the West African country.
Gombe State Commissioner of Police
Mohammed Sule identified the arrested
sect commander as Salisu Mohammed,
who had already confessed to the security agents that he spearheaded several attacks in the state. The Boko Haram commander in the state was arrested on Tuesday, with gunshot
injuries, according to the police chief.
“He is one of the notorious leaders of the sect we had been searching for. He had even confessed that he committed so many atrocities including the recent
killing of military men. He also confessed
that he masterminded the ambush of some police officers recently,” said the
Sule said a serious manhunt had been
launched for other accomplices of the sect commander, following his confessions. Already, the police had gotten clues on how to track other members of the sect who were still at large, he added.
At the weekend, authorities of the
Nigerian military said they arrested
Mohammed Zangina, also known as Musa, leader of the Boko Haram sect in the north central part of Nigeria and
coordinator of most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum. According to Lt.-Col Sagir Musa,spokesperson of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State, Zangina was among 10 commanders of the militant sect wanted and labelled as terrorists by the Nigeria military authority.
More than 1,500 people had been
reportedly killed since 2009, in attacks
orchestrated by the Boko Haram sect
which operates mainly in the northern
and central parts of Nigeria.