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Over 400 Boko Haram fighters and affiliates arrested

LAGOS, Nigeria —Reports from Maiduguri, a terrain raptured in the Boko Haram’s insurgency operation, say Nigerian soldiers have apprehended more than 400 people linked to the Boko Haram extremist group thumping on the islands of Lake Chad. These include fighters, wives and their children.

Military authorities say a two-week operation led to the of arrests of several Boko Haram fighters and affiliates in recent months in northeast Nigeria. The operation included air and ground offensives targeting insurgents’ locations, according to Col. Onyema Nwachukwu.

The military arrested 167 Boko Haram fighters, 67 women and 173 children who were relatives of the insurgents. Authorities say the women and children will be sent to displacement camps after investigations, Nwachukwu said.

He added that another 57 insurgents were apprehended during a discrete raid in another part of the troubled region.

The local terror group Boko Haram has been accused of the deaths of more than 20,000 people during its eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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