Barely a week after averting multiple attacks on Bitta and other villages in Borno state, troops of 7 Division of Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, has reportedly arrested 14 key members of Boko Haram sect.
Guardian reports that the insurgents were captured following “intelligence reports” from residents on the infiltration of terror suspects into the metropolis from Gwoza and Damboa.
It was gathered, through military sources in Maiduguri, that the arrest was made at the weekend on Baga road when a commercial tricycle driver was stopped at the timber shed, near NNPC mega station.
The first arrested man was said to have participated in the serial border attacks in Gwoza East, where many people were killed last week.”
* Boko Haram insurgents
According to reports, the arrested suspect disguised in a long robe with a black polythene bag held in his hand before surrendering to the military.
It was also learnt that after the suspect was taken away by soldiers in their patrol vehicle to hideouts of fleeing suspects, six others were arrested, while the leader of the group, who identified himself as Ibrahim Tom, led the soldiers to arrest seven others in three undisclosed locations in Maiduguri.
* Nigerian soldiers
It was also gathered that some unknown gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect attacked Daggu village in Askira/Uba council area of state and shot dead 15 people on Sunday.
The insurgents, according to a resident, Thlama Apagu, dressed in military uniform with their heads tied with handkerchiefs, before shooting sporadically at traders at the market square that attempted to flee into nearby bushes and farmlands.
The Borno State Police Commissioner, Tanko Lawal also confirmed the incident.
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