Nigerian troops kill notorious Boko Haram terrorist, arrest kingpin

In an offensive operation to clear Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves around Kwatarha and Torikwaptir area of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, a notorious Boko Haram terrorist was shot dead by the Nigerian Army.

A statement by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said the terrorist, who was notorious for carrying out terrorism activities in the surrounding communities, was gunned down by troops on Monday afternoon.

“An AK-47 rifle was recovered from him. During the operation, four other terrorists were believed to escape with gunshot wounds,” Mr. Usman, a colonel, said.

In a related development, troops of 3 Division have also arrested a suspected Boko Haram kingpin, Tijjani Damagum.

Mr. Sani said the terrorist was tracked to his base, where he had been coordinating attacks.

“He was tracked down and arrested at Damagum town, Yobe State yesterday. A high profile Boko Haram terrorists’ group member, he has led Boko Haram members on various attacks, especially in Yobe State.

“The suspect is currently undergoing interrogation with a view to arraigning him soon,” said the army spokesman.

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