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Can you hear me now? Nigeria arrests Boko Haram spokesman.

Nigerian security sources say they traced the Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qa Qa by tracing his cellphone calls, a tactic also used to track down Osama Bin Laden.

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Nigerian police believe they may have arrested the man who acted as spokesman for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has launched a killing spree across northern Nigeria, killing nearly 1,000 people in the past two years.

The capture of the man who called himself Abu Qa Qa reportedly came after an intense surveillance of the man’s cellphone calls. Sources within the Nigerian police say he was traced to a house in Kaduna, where he was hiding under his bed. The man is now undergoing interrogation, according to a Nigerian State Security Services source, who spoke with Reuters news agency.

"We are still talking to him. Since 'Abu Qaqa' is a pseudonym for the Boko Haram spokesman, we want to be sure of who we have with us. But we have been on his trail for months now. He's been changing locations and contacts," the State Security Services (SSS) source said.

Capturing a spokesman would be a psychological victory for the Nigerian government, which has found its battle with Boko Haram to have only intensified, rather than diminished, after the government arrested and then killed in custody Boko Haram’s leader, Muhammad Yusuf, in 2009. It is unclear how much of an operational role a spokesman would have in the militant group’s activities, but capturing a man who may be in contact with senior Boko Haram leadership could put all those leaders at risk as well.


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