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Nigeria Islamist group head ‘arrested’

By on April 3, 2016

Nigeria’s army arrested the leader of Islamist militant group Ansaru,a splinter faction of Boko Haram that has been accused of kidnapping and killing Westerners.

A military spokesman said Khalid al-Barnawi was captured in Lokoja, capital of the central state of Kogi. “We have made that giant stride,” said Defence spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar.
He also said some Boko Haram fighters had surrendered to Nigerian troops.

In 2012 the U.S. State Department named Ansaru leader Khalid al-Barnawi one of three Nigerian militants blacklisted for ties to Boko Haram and al-Qaeda’s north African wing.

Ansaru said it carried out an attack on a maximum security prison in the Nigerian capital Abuja in 2012, freeing dozens of inmates.

Muhammadu Buhari has made it a priority of his presidency to defeat Islamist militancy in Africa’s most populace nation.

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