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Nigerian Army Confirms Arrest of Key Islamist Leader

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The Nigerian military has confirmed the arrest of the leader of the Ansaru Islamic sect, Khalid Albarnawi, who was once described as the second-in-command to Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram terror group.

The US had placed a $5 million bounty on his head after branding him one of three Nigerian “specially designated global terrorists” in 2012.

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar confirmed to THISDAY last night on the arrest of the Ansaru leader by security forces.

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Abubakar however stated that further investigations were ongoing and that the details would formally be communicated to members of the public in due course.

“We have confirmed that Khalid Albarnawi is the one who was arrested. We are sorting it out and looking for full details. The moment we finish our investigation, we will inform the members of the public,” he said.

Source: ThisDay

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