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DSS confirms arrest of Boko Haram's dreaded leader

29 December 2016, 12:13

Abuja - The faction leader of Boko Haram, AbuMusab Al-Barnawi, has been arrested by the Department of State Security Services according to Television Continental.

Al-Barnawi who was recognised as the leader of the Boko Haram sect by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) was arrested by DSS operatives three months before Sambisa forest was finally captured by troops on Operation Lafiya Dole.

The DSS had said: “About six months ago, we burst a terrorist attack that was to happen in the United States. This earned the service a letter of commendation.

“In fact, President Barack Obama placed a call to President Muhammadu Buhari to acknowledge what we did.

“We did not make it a media issue because before you know it, there will be editorials asking us whether we had addressed security challenges in Nigeria before helping the US.”

The arrest of the factional Boko Haram leader prompted a call from US president, Barrack Obama to President Muhammadu Buhari.

News24 previously reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the third most wanted terrorism suspect in the world.

The suspect, who is in the custody of the agency, has been indicted in the killing of expatriates in the country between 2012 and 2013.

The suspect, however, remains unnamed because he is still “undergoing profiling”

- News 24

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