JTF kills senior Boko Haram member, arrest two others

The Joint Security Task Force (JTF) on Monday killed one person suspected to be a “top member of a terrorist group” and arrested two others during an early morning operation in Kano.

The JTF spokesman, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, who confirmed the incident to journalists, said the operation was carried out in Hotoro area in Kano metropolis.

“During the early morning operation, one member of the terrorist group was killed and two other members were arrested.

“I have been hearing different names, I cannot confirm to you the identity of the suspects arrested yet, because I don’t have the nominal role of the terrorist group,” he said.

Lt. Iweha said investigation was still going on with a view to ascertaining the identity of the suspects.

He said as soon as investigation was completed, the identity of the suspects would be made public.

“Investigation has to be completed before I can tell you the identity of the suspects,’’ he said.

Boko Haram sect reportedly kill father of arrested spokesman

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.