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Boko Haram sect reportedly kill father of arrested spokesman

Channels Television  
Updated March 27, 2012

Father of alleged Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa, was reportedly killed in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, by suspected sect members.

The purported sect’s spokesman, who was arrested in February by the State Security Service in Kaduna, has remained in SSS custody.

The Boko Haram sect has repeatedly denied that the man in custody is the sect’s spokesman; however, security officials insist they have the right man in custody.

Qaqa’s father, said to be a retired prison warder, was murdered alongside a former colleague on Monday evening as they prepared for prayers in Maiduguri, heartland of the sect.

A security official, speaking on the basis of anonymity as he was not authorised to release information, confirmed to the Associated Press that one of the murdered victims was infact the father of the suspected Boko Haram spokesman.