LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
At least eight foreigners were arrested
during anti-terrorism operations by government forces in
Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, a commander of
the Nigerian army said Wednesday.
combatant commander of troops in the northeast region,
told reporters in northern city of Maiduguri that eight
foreigners comprising four Chadians, three Nigeriens and
one Cameroonian were arrested.
that some of the persons were suspected Boko Haram
He said that
troops also rescued 7, 898 persons in its anti-terrorism
operations between Feb. 2 and March 1.
northeast region has been a stronghold of the extremist
group Boko Haram. However, normalcy is returning in
parts of the northeast region, where students have
returned to school, burned houses are being rebuilt, and
markets are being reconstructed.
Nigeria nabs 3
foreigners linked to terror group Boko Haram
ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria’s security forces acting on
intelligence report have nabbed three Chadians suspected
to have strong links with terror group Boko Haram, a
military spokesman said on Monday.
foreigners were arrested on Sunday in a joint raid by
the Nigerian army and the secret police in the
northeastern state of Gombe, Sani Usman, spokesman of
the army told reporters.
The trio -
respectively identified as Bilal Muhammed Umar, Bashir
Muhammed and Muhammed Maigari Abubakar, were in
possession of improvised explosive devices as of the
time of arrest, Usman said.
security forces suspected an attack in the offing when
they acted on an intelligence report which led them to
the suspected terrorists’ hideout at Arawa and Mallam
Inna areas of the northern state.
preliminary investigation showed that the arrested
foreigners belonged to a faction of the Nigeria-based
Boko Haram group, according to the army spokesman.
One of the
suspects, Umar, was shot in the leg as he attempted to
escape during the raid by security forces, he said,
adding the suspect is responding to treatment due to the
Haram insurgency has been blamed for more than 20,000
deaths and displacement of 2.3 million people since
made a considerable gain on the Boko Haram front, with
its security forces operating in the restive region
dislodging the Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa
Forest, the group’s largest training camp in the
country, last December.
forces are intensifying aerial and ground patrol in the
country’s northeast, extending their offensive mission
around the Green Belt Region near Niger and Chad.