Lagos – The Nigerian Army captured one of the top commanders of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Wednesday, a military spokesperson said.
Bulama Modu and 43 others were captured in an operation that resulted in the destruction of two “terrorist camps” at Janguoriri and Bulatori in north-eastern Nigeria, the spokesperson Sani Usman said.
“The troops also rescued 241 women and children during the operation,” he said.
Modu is a member of the highest decision-making body in Boko Haram, Usman said.
An AK47, bows and arrows and a horse that had been given to Modu were confiscated by the military.
Boko Haram, which seeks to establish a state with its strict interpretation of Islamic law, has killed an estimated 14 000 people since 2009