Daesh, Al-Qaeda affiliates arrested in Nigeria

Published February 10th, 2016 - 05:30 GMT
Nigerian police on patrol. (AFP/File)
Nigerian police on patrol. (AFP/File)

AFP reports that Nigerian security forces arrested a Daesh recruiter and seven members of the Al-Qaeda affiliated group Ansaru.

Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2015. Ansaru splintered from Boko Haram and is idealogically aligned with Al-Qaeda. 

Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) confirmed that they arrested Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa under suspicions of him being a "recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)" and said he was preparing to go to Libya to join an "ISIS terrorist training camp" with at least three others.

Nigeria is only separated from Libya by Niger, and the Nigeria government is tightening border security against people attempting to migrate to Libya for training with militant groups.

The DSS arrested multiple people on January 22 "while migrating to Libya, with their immediate families, including infants, in a bid to join ISIS", according to their statement. 

The DSS called the seven arrested Ansaru members very dangerous, and actively plotting attacks

"This group was discovered in an active stage, as its members were already co-ordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano states," the DSS said.

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