Boko Haram Spokesman Abu Qaqa Captured By SSS

Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa

Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa

MAIDUGURI – Nigeria’s state security police said they captured the alleged spokesman of the violent Islamist group that has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings and attacks that have killed hundreds of people in Africa’s top oil producer.
“We’ve arrested Abu Qaqa, the so-called spokesman of the Boko Haram sect and one of its leaders,” Ahmed Abdullahi, director of the State Security Service, or SSS, in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, said today by phone — – according to Bloomberg reporter Gbenga Akingbule in Maiduguri.
Agents from the SSS, a plain clothes unit charged with state security, had tracked Qaqa for some time before apprehending him today in the northern city of Kaduna, said Abdullahi.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” claimed responsibility for blasts that struck eight government buildings on Jan. 20 in Kano, the biggest city in northern Nigeria, killing at least 250 people, according to rights group Civil Rights Congress. A spokesman for the group, who gave his name as Abu Qaqa, told reporters by phone on January 21, 2012 it carried out the attack to avenge the persecution of its members in the city.
The number of persons killed by the lethal, coordinated attacks by the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram in Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, on Friday January 20, 2012 has escalated to almost 250, according to inside information and tabulation reaching USAfrica from some Nigerian security and health/hospital/morgue personnel.



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