Monday, December 19, 2011 – According to Nigerian security officials, police forces arrested one of the leaders of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram following a shoot-out in the northern city of Kano.
The officials further added, the leader was Mohammad Hamza Aliyu was detained while he was struggling to flee the city following armed clashes outside of his residential place.
Ibrahim Idrees, chief of the Kano state police said, at least police officers and four militants were killed during the armed clashes.
Boko Haram is a Nigerian Islamist group that seeks the imposition of Shariah law throughout the whole of Nigeria.
The group’s official name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”.
It became known internationally following sectarian violence in Nigeria in 2009 and has staged numerous attacks across northern and central Nigeria.
The group also claimed responsibility behind the deadly bomb attack at the UN headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. At least 23 people were killed during the incident.