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Police arrest 13 suspected Boko Haram militants

Maiduguri—The Borno State police command said yesterday that it had arrested 13 suspects in connection to last week’s killings in Maiduguri.

The suspected Boko Haram militants had killed at least four individuals in separate attacks on Wednesday and Friday in Maiduguri.

But the command Police Public Relations’ Officer Mallam Lawal Abdullahi told newsmen that 11 suspects were arrested in connection with  Wednesday’s killing.

“I want to inform you that we have already made a number of arrests in connection with the killings.
“We have arrested 11 suspects in relation to the Wednesday’s killing, we have also arrested two suspects in connection to the Friday’s killings,” Abdullahi said.

He pointed out that the arrests were based on information gathered by the police on the incidences.
“I believed that we have been able to record a breakthrough that will eventually lead to the uncovering the root of the numerous killings in the town in recent times,” Abdullahi said.

A junior brother of the ward head of Ngarnam simply called Baba Gana was killed last week,  by some suspected Boko Haram militants who took him for his brother.

Also last Friday, three persons  including a six- year-old boy Musa Amin were killed near a Friday Mosque at Layin Makaranta in Gumari ward behind the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH.

The victims, 35-year-old Yunus Abba, and his friend simply called Ibrahim were part II Arabic students of the University of Maiduguri.

Also an unnamed police officer was shot in Umarari  on Friday near his house in  the metropolis.
About 30 persons have so far been killed by the suspected militants since July when they began sporadic attacks on individuals believed to have played active part in quelling last year’s Yusufiya insurgence in Maiduguri.

Although numerous security checks had been put in place to checkmate their activities, the militants appeared so far to have beaten security agents, especially with their gorilla warfare style.


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