Nigeria militant spokesman arrested - security source

Reuters News
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Posted: Feb 01, 2012 1:50 PM

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's secret service on Wednesday arrested the spokesman for Boko Haram, who frequently made statements to the press after attacks by the violent Islamist sect, a security source told Reuters.

Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa was arrested in the northern city of Kaduna in the early hours of the morning, said the source, who asked not to be named.

"We are still taking to him. Since 'Abu Qaqa' is a pseudonym for the Boko Haram spokesman, we want to be sure of who we have with us. But we have been on his trail for months now. He's been changing locations and contacts," the State Security Services (SSS) source said.

(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Andrew Heavens)