Nigerian security forces have arrested a man believed to be a leading member of Boko Haram in a sweep in the northern city of Kano.
"We had an operation this morning... at a Boko Haram hideout (in Kano). We made some arrests but details will be given later," AFP quoted Kano military spokesman Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi as saying on Friday.
A security source involved in Friday’s sweep of Kano’s Farawa neighborhood said that a man suspected of being a leading member of the militant group, Suleiman Mohammed, was arrested along with his wife and five children, and his house was destroyed after three pistols, a rifle, 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and 10 IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were discovered in the premises.
According to the security source, Mohammed, who claims to be from Oyo state in southwestern Nigeria, is Boko Haram's head of operations in Kano.
The extremist group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.
Human rights groups report that violent actions by Boko Haram since mid-2009 have claimed more than 1,000 lives, including over 300 this year alone.