One of the top commanders of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, identified as Abakar Ali, has been captured by Cameroonian soldiers.
According to a reliable source of SaharaReporters, the armed forces of Nigeria’s neighbours have also recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and equipment from the Islamist fighters in the course of the operation.
Abakar Ali, also known as “Mustapher Umar” had the following weapons in his possession: 5 machine guns, 14 rifles, 4 rocket launchers, 24 rockets, 6 Kalashnikov (AK) assault rifles, 60 magazines for Kalashnikovs (AKs), 4 automatic pistols. As concerns the ammunition then it included over 500 9mm ammo, 469 12.7mm bullets, 4,454 7.62 mm ammunition, 1,491 5.56 mm ammunition, 822 ammunition of 7.62 mm, 6 grenades, 28 rocket launcher chargers.
Among the seized accessories for military purposes the army found pincers, tweezers and knives.
The information above has been conveyed to the reporters via telephone by a mid-level Nigerian military officer, who is serving with a multi-national force. The force operates in a strategic area close the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
The officer informed that Cameroonian soldiers captured Boko Haram commander Ali along with two other sect members in the northern Cameroonian town of Kousseri.
It has been further learnt that Ali coordinated and led terrorist’s attacks in the border towns between Nigeria and Cameroon. The arrested Boko Haram commander was travelling between distant insurgent’s camps in the area, planned strategic moves and gave orders to initiate devastating attacks that targeted mostly civilians.
The Nigerian officer stated that the Cameroonian military was expected to share intelligence with their Nigerian counterparts regarding any confessions made by the captured terrorist during interrogation. He added that Nigerian security agencies are likely to learn more about Mr. Ali’s linkages with others in Boko Haram’s cells in Nigeria’s northeast area.
It would be noted that the Nigerian Army might have scored a decisive point in a war against Boko Haram after liquidating Shekau’s imposter: the man who was playing the role of the mysterious leader of the sect in all the latest videos by terrorists.