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Shekau Nigerian military confirms arrest of Boko Haram leader’s deputy

The arrested terrorist has been identified as Khalid Albarnawi, a top leader of the Ansaru sect which recently reunited with Boko Haram.

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Abubakar Shekau flanked by his followers.

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The Nigerian military has confirmed the arrest of an associate of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The arrested terrorist has been identified as Khalid Albarnawi, a top leader of the Ansaru sect which recently reunited with Boko Haram, according to The Cable.

The confirmation was given by Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar.

“We have confirmed as the one being arrested. We are sorting it out and looking for full details. The moment we finished our investigation we will inform the members of the public,” Abubakar told ThisDay.

“The most important thing is the breakthrough the security agencies have achieved. Not only Albarnawi, other commanders in the Boko Haram hierarchy were arrested recently,” the spokesman also told The Cable.

“The effort is geared towards eliminating the sect completely. We will keep on doing that. We have a lot of them that have surrendered. We will give you details of what transpired,” he added.

Albarnawi was reportedly trained in Algeria and is said to be as important as Shekau.

His arrest had earlier been announced by Ahmad Salkida, a journalist, with ties to Boko Haram.

According to Salkida, Albarnawi was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Lokoja, Kogi State and moved to Abuja.

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