Leader of the Islamist fanatics, Boko Haram,Â the radical anti-western education sect has beenÂ captured.
Mohammed Yusuf had fled Maiduguri during the recent fighting between his followers and the Nigerian military.
According to reports, troops stormed the sect’s stronghold overnight, killing many of the sect members and forcing othersÂ including the sect leader to flee.
But he was reported to have been found hiding in a goat pen at his parents-in-law’s house today.
BeforeÂ Yussuf ‘s arrest, members ofÂ his sect, were killed in a gun duel with security forces in Yobe state.
Some 180 women and children were also freed in Bauchi while Kano State government agency has demolished the sect leaderâ€™s house and the mosque attached to it in Kano.
A police source said the killings happened in Hawan Malka, an area on the outskirts of Potiskum, Yobeâ€™s second largest city.
The clash came as Nigerian soldiers patrolled the northern city of Maiduguri yesterday searching for the remaining members of Boko Haram. Nearly 300 people have been killed since the crackdown, which included the shelling of a compound believed to be home to sect leader Mohammed Yusuf.
The attack destroyed buildings including a small mosque, although the preacherâ€™s whereabouts remain unknown. Yusufâ€™s supporters â€“ armed with machetes, knives, home-made rifles and petrol bombs â€“ have attacked churches, police stations, prisons and government buildings in parts of the mostly Muslim north.