Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday raided a hideout of suspected members of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram that has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks this year that have killed hundreds.
The soldiers killed the alleged mastermind of attacks on Christians in the northern city of Kano, Reuters reported.
Boko Haram is believed to have been behind several attacks in the past few days in Nigeria that have left dozens of people dead.
Our men just raided one of the hideouts of the elements … where we discovered explosives and weapons,” said Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi, a spokesperson for a military task force in Kano, according to the news agency. “The main suspect has been killed,” he said.
Kano army commander Brigadier General Ilyasu Abba said that it is difficult to tell who belongs to Boko Haram.
“The most difficult task we face with these terrorists is they know us but we don’t know them. They’re not rooted in a particular place,” he said.
Abba told AFP that the raid was in connection with the attack on Christian services at Bayero university on Sunday. “The same set of people are part of the gang,” he said.
A woman who was arrested in the raid told AFP that her husband was part of Boko Haram.
“I was married to my husband a year ago. We met in Wudil. I only came to know that he was a member of Boko Haram recently. He managed to escape during the raid this morning,” she said.