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A businessman suspected of being head of the Boko Haram intelligence network that helped abduct more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in April has been arrested by Nigerian troops, according to the military.

Two women were also arrested, one of whom was accused of coordinating payments to other operatives.

According to Reuters:

Defense spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said in a statement that the arrested man used his membership of a pro-government vigilante group “as a cover, while remaining an active terrorist.”

Olukolade said the man had coordinated several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011, including on customs and military locations as well as the planting improvised bombs.

A year old intensive military operation against Boko Haram has so far failed to crush the rebels, whose struggle for an Islamic state in largely Muslim northern Nigeria has killed thousands since it was launched in 2009.

On Sunday, the violence continued. The Chibok community was attacked again in three places when militants opened fire on churches and homes, killing dozens and burning houses to the ground.

SOURCE: Reuters | PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab

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