Nigeria: Mohammed Yusuf dies after arrest

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, died after being arrested by the Nigerian police.

According to the BBC, “a Nigerian government minister expressed relief at the death of an Islam sect leader whose capture police announced on Thrusday”. Although Dora Akunnyili, the Information minister, “told the BBC the government “does not condone extra-judicial killings”.

The group he was leading was blamed for causing days of unrest in Northern Nigeria.

“The bullet-riddled body of Mohammed Yusuf, 39, was seen hours after police announced he had been captured in the northern city of Maiduguri”, BBC reports.

According to “Islamist insurgency leader Mohammed Yusuf was shot dead late on Thursday in police custody after days of clashes between his forces and army troops. A military spokesman said there would be a “show of force” on Friday to reassure civilians”.

The clashes with islamist forces could spread outside Nigeria in neighbouring countries Niger, Chad and Cameroon, according to the Italian website which reports that now the situation in the northern cities ravaged by violence in the past few days is now returning back to normal.


Sources: BBC,,

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