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Nigerian police recapture Sokoto

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Nigerian police recapture Sokoto


Police in Nigeria have managed to rearrest the suspected mastermind of the Christmas bombings.

Kabiru Sokoto was first captured a month ago, but broke out of jail just 24 hours later and went on the run, leading to the sacking of Nigeria’s police chief.

He was found on Friday in Tarabas state, near the Cameroon border, and has been brought back to the capital Abuja. He is accused of belonging to the extremist Islamic group Boko Haram, and is the prime suspect for the Christmas day bombings near St Teresa’s church near Abuja and two other cities that left at least 44 people dead.

Boko Haram wants to impose Sharia law on the nation of 160 million people, despite the south being mainly Christian. On Thursday it shot dead a man leaving prayers at a mosque in Kano after he had criticised the group.

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