Nigerian troops capture top Boko Haram leader

September 24, 2015, 5:13am

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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.