Nigeria's army says arrests leader of Islamist militant group Ansaru

Reuters News
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Posted: Apr 04, 2016 4:44 AM

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's army said on Monday it had arrested the leader of Islamist militant group Ansaru, a splinter faction of Boko Haram that has been accused of kidnapping and killing Westerners.

In 2012 the U.S. State Department named Ansaru leader Khalid al-Barnawi one of three Nigerian militants blacklisted for ties to Boko Haram and al-Qaeda's north African wing.

(Reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram; editing by John Stonestreet)