A top Boko Haram leader, Abdulkareem Ibrahim, and two of his subordinates were killed in a raid carried out by Nigerian police commandos in Nigeria’s Borno State, an Israeli counterterrorist, who monitors North African terrorist groups, said on Monday.
Ibrahim was a notorious terrorist commander who had been responsible for a series of assassinations and suicide bomb attacks.
For example, Suicide bombers had attacked a military barracks in Kaduna, Nigeria, on Sunday killing 15 people and wounding 30 others who were attending a religious service at St. Andrew Military Protestant Church, according to an Israeli counterterrorist who monitors radical Islamists in North Africa countries. While no group has claimed responsibility, Nigerian army officials suspect the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, which is known to target Christian churches in that African nation, according to the Israeli source.
Recently, Boko Haram announced its affiliation with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) since the terror group’s goal is the overthrow of the Nigerian government and creation of a Caliphate based on an extreme form of Sharia, or Islamic law. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country.
On Friday, Nigeria’s government announced a reward equal to $317,000.00 for assistance in tracking down suspected Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, and a bounty of about $5,000.00 for other suspected leaders of the group.
According to the Law Enforcement Examiner source in Israeli, a bus entered the army barracks and it slammed into the wall of the church and exploded. Minutes later, a parked automobile blew up outside of the Christian church.
An arson and explosions detective, Richard Cardona, told the Law Enforcement Examiner that Boko Haram’s M.O. (modus operandi) is to set up an explosion in order to get police, soldiers and civilians to respond to a location at which time an anti-personnel device is detonated in order to kill as many as possible.
For example, about 50 people were killed in bombings in Kaduna in June 2012. And one month ago seven people were killed by Boko Haram suicide bomber at a Roman Catholic church.
According to the Israeli source, Nigeria’s mainly Christian population live in that nation’s south while the north is populated by Muslims.
Boko Haram has carried out grisly attacks against anyone they believe opposes them. One such attack in the northern Nigerian city of Kano in January 2012 killed about 150 people.