Soldiers arrest key Boko Haram official

Soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force on Operation Restore Order have arrested a “high-profile” member of the Boko Haram sect in a raid in Kano.
JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Iweha Ikedichi, told Agence France Presse that the suspect was picked from his hideout around 6a.m on Tuesday in Darmanawa, an area believed to harbour several Boko Haram members.
“We picked the suspect in his hideout around 6:00 am without any resistance,” Ikedichi said.
“He has been on our wanted list of high-profile members of Boko Haram terrorists,” he said, refusing to disclose his identity so as not to jeopardise the investigation.
Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of targeted attacks mainly in northern Nigeria that have killed more than 1,000 people since mid-2009.
The sect claimed January 20 attacks in Kano, which left at least 185 dead.
The sect also recently attacked church services in the old campus of Bayero University, Kano, killing over 20 persons.