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Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

Mohammed Zangina, top Boko Haram terrorist leader, captured by Nigerian police

Nigeria’s military says it’s questioning a leader of Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group blamed for the killings of hundreds of civilians, after capturing him in the country’s northeast early Sunday.

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Nigerian troops captured Mohammed Zangina shortly after midnight in the city of Maiduguri, said Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, a military spokesman.

Zangina is a member of the Shura Committee, the movement’s governing body, and has coordinated “most of the most of the suicide attacks and bombings” in several cities, including the capital Abuja, Musa said.

From the official press:

“The Joint Task Force Operation RESTORE ORDER has arrested Mohammed Zangina, a high profile Boko Haram Commander and Shura Committee member at about 12:30 am today (Sunday), January 13, 2013 in the Government Reserved Area (GRA), Maiduguri,” Musa said in the  statement, adding that Zangina was in Maiduguri “to plan several deadly attacks against civilians and security personnel any moment from today (Sunday).”

“Mohammed Zangina a.k.a Mallam Abdullahi often referred to as Alhaji Musa is the leader of the sect in the North Central part of Nigeria and Coordinator of most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum. Zangina is a key member of the Shura Committee of the Boko Haram and he is among those declared wanted and a bounty N25 million was placed on him by the JTF on November 23, 2012. He survived several security manhunts on his hideouts in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum. His arrest was effected by JTF troops following a special operation conducted in GRA, Maiduguri. He is undergoing interrogation,” the JTF spokesman added.

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