LAGOS, April 24 (Xinhua)
The Nigerian military said on Wednesday that a group of terrorists, operating under the guise of herdsmen at a camp in northern Taraba state, had been arrested.
One of the armed men admitted being a combatant for the terrorist group in Borno and was recently brought to the town of Wukari in furtherance of their mission, Major General Chris Olukolade,spokesperson of the Defense Headquarters (DHQ),said in a statement obtained by Xinhua.
It said other members of the group were killed during an encounter with the military at a checkpoint at Gindin
Dorowa, a suburb of Wukari.Olukolade said assorted arms and ammunition were seized,adding other members of the group were sighted in air
surveillance and later trailed to their
camp where they engaged the troops in a battle. The insurgents were clad in the usual pattern of dress of their counterparts operating in Borno and Yobe states.
The spokesman said the curfew imposed on Wukari and its environs would be relaxed but the troops would continue their patrols in the area with a house-to-house search.
According to him, arrests were made
around the Lake Chad islands,including a boat operator who ferried terrorists across the lake. Some of the suspects confessed being suppliers of hard drugs to the Boko Haram group in the area.
Nigeria has been rocked by a series of
attacks, including a bombing at a
crowded bus station in the capital of
Abuja last week that left at least 75
Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram which has been responsible for major killings in Nigeria since 2009, said in a video message that the network was behind the bomb attack. “We are the ones who carried out the
attack in Abuja,” he said.
Proved to be the biggest security
challenge in the West African country,
Boko Haram seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law into the constitution and declares war against Western education.