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Boko Haram: Military arrests 26 foreigners, 3332 civilians in N/East

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…Mohammed Uba

The Nigerian military has arrested several foreigners, established local Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and civilian suspects in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency clearance operations in parts of the North East of the country.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Leo Irabor, disclosed this on Thursday, at a briefing in the Military Command and Control Centre ( MCC), Maiduguri, Borno State, on the ‘summary of arrested/surrendered BHT   suspects and other rescued persons’.

Irabor said: “A total of 3,332 civilians were arrested as BHT suspects while 5 BHT members surrendered to our troops during our operations conducted between 11 Jan – 1 Feb 17.

” Also, a total of 26 foreigners were arrested comprising 17 Chadians and 9 Nigeriens”.

On the arrests of foreigners, he said that on January 17, 2017  at about 1715hrs, troops deployed at Cham checkpoint in Borno state intercepted seven female immigrants from Republic of Niger enroute Yola, Adamawa State  via Kano.

He noted that the three of the immigrants were with their passports while the other four had no means of identification.

“All the immigrants are in custody undergoing interrogation and would be handed over to NIS for further action,” he said.

In the same vein, Irabor said that on January 26, 2017 at about 1745hrs, three Chadians were arrested at a check point in Damasak.

He disclosed that a “mobile phone belonging to one of them was flipped through and it showed pictures of men one of them inclusive, in both military T-shirts and mufti with GPMG, FN and AK47 rifles”.

He also said that the three Chadians are in custody undergoing interrogation.

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