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Killed Boko Haram commander spearheaded kidnap of Ali Monguno, seven French citizens, others – Security sources

August 14, 2013

The military said Momodu Bama was killed on August 4.
The Boko Haram commander who was killed recently by security forces spearheaded several crimes including the kidnap of foremost northern leader, Shettima Ali Monguno, and seven French citizens, security sources have said.
Momodu Bama, also known as Abu Saad, was killed by security forces in a clash on August 4, the Nigerian Military said on Tuesday.
The spokesman of the Joint Task Force in Borno, Sagir Musa, described Abu Saad as the deputy to the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, saying the military had placed a N25 million bounty on him. They said the deceased was from Bama in Borno State, the same town where he was killed.
Security forces told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday that apart from leading military operations, the deceased was also the head of the administration and finance department of the outlawed Boko Haram.
A top official of the State Security Service said Abu Saad was the leader of the delegation that kidnapped Mr. Monguno, 92, in May. The Nonagenarian was held captive for four days before his release, allegedly after millions of naira was paid as ransom.
The source said Abu Saad also led the kidnap of seven French nationals who were abducted in Cameroon and brought into Nigeria in February.
The French citizens, a family including four children, visited Cameroon as tourists before they were kidnapped in a Cameroonian village bordering Borno State. They were released two months after the kidnap in April. A Nigerian security document available to Reuters later showed that the Boko Haram were paid N500 million to release the hostages; Nigerian officials kept mum on the claim.
“Abu Saad also led the kidnap of two Muslim Indians and several other attacks on security forces in Bama, Baga, Monguno and Mubi,” our source said, claiming the insurgent took over the position of deputy leader after another leader of the sect called Palasasi was also killed by security operatives.
The Boko Haram is yet to confirm the killing of Abu Saad although independent sources, who could not confirm his death, say he was truly at the top echelon of the sect.
The Boko Haram leader, Mr. Shekau, who recently released a video (after August 4), admitted that the sect carried out the Bama attack, but kept mum on Abu Saad’s death. He, however, claimed the sect killed several soldiers and is winning the war against Nigerian troops.

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