JTF Confirms Capture Of One Boko Haram Leader, Death Of “Abu Qaqa” And Another


lEadership of Boko Haram during a video taping event

The spokesperson for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano, Lt Ikediche Iweha, has confirmed the death, in a JTF raid in the Hotoro area of the city, of one terrorist and the arrest of two others.

Speaking by telephone with SaharaReporters, Lt. Iweha said they JTF did not know the identities of the persons killed and arrested.

Earlier today, however, sources told Premium Times online that the one of the persons involved in the raid was the Boko Haram spokesperson known as “Abu Qaqa.” 

Also, a military operative involved in the raid said two of the commanders including Abu Qaqa were killed after exchange of gunfire as they tried to flee the Mariri neighborhood near Hotoro in a get away car.

Early last February in Kaduna, the JTF identified a Boko Haram man they had caught there as “Abu Qaqa,” asserting they had been trailing him for several months.

But that claim was swiftly challenged by the leadership of Boko Haram, which said the man under arrest was Abdul Darda, who was the head of the group’s enlightenment committee.

Since then, “Abu Qaqa” has been in constant touch with members of the press.