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By Adeshola Fashola

Nigerian security forces arrested the alleged spokesman of a militant Islamist group blamed for bombings and gun attacks in which hundreds have died this year in Africa’s top oil producer.

“We’ve arrested Abu Qaqa, the so-called spokesman of the Boko Haram sect and one of its leaders,” Ahmed Abdullahi, director of the State Security Service, or SSS, in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, said yesterday by phone.

A joint operation by agents from the SSS, a plain clothes unit charged with state security, and the military led to Qaqa’s capture yesterday in Maiduguri, Abdullahi said, changing an earlier statement the arrest was made in the city of Kaduna. He gave no further details.

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