Lagos – Nigerian troops have arrested a suspect in the Christmas Day bombings that killed at least 44 people, state television reported, as Washington put three Boko Haram leaders on its global terror list. In the northern State of Kaduna meanwhile, the authorities said late on Thursday they had relaxed a 24-hour curfew imposed following clashes that have left scores dead since the weekend.
Suspect Habibu Bama was arrested in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, following a shoot-out with the military joint task force, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) reported. Security sources said he had been shot and wounded.
Bama, a suspected member of Islamist group Boko Haram, had been wanted in connection with the deadly Christmas attack on a church in Madalla, near Abuja, that killed at least 44 people.