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Nigeria is Arresting More Boko Haram Militants

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Village produce market, Nigeria

By, June 5, 2013

Nigeria’s military says it has arrested another 49 members of the Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram.

The military said Wednesday it captured the suspected militants in Yobe, one of three northeastern states placed under emergency rule as part of a military offensive against the group.

The military says it has captured more than 150 Boko Haram members since it launched the offensive last month.

Nigeria’s claims of success against the group have been impossible to verify because of downed phone networks and restricted access to the conflict zone.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has formally declared Boko Haram and its suspected splinter group Ansaru to be terrorist organizations.

Nigerian authorities says Ansaru is responsible for kidnapping and killing Westerners. The group is believed to have ties to al-Qaida’s north African wing, AQIM .

The terrorist designation allows the government to impose prison sentences of a minimum of 20 years on group members or supporters.

From Wikipedia

Boko Haram is also known for attacking Christians and bombing churches. Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, the Niger State governor, has criticized the group, saying, “Islam is known to be a religion of peace and does not accept violence and crime in any form” and Boko Haram doesn’t represent Islam.

The Sultan of Sokoto Sa’adu Abubakar, the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims, has called the sect “anti-Islamic” and, as reported by the website, “an embarrassment to Islam.”

The Coalition of Muslim Clerics in Nigeria (CMCN) have called on the Boko Haram to disarm and embrace peace.

The Islamic Circle of North America, the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Council on American Islamic Relations have all condemned the group.

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