Nigerian military confirms wanted armed group leader killed in central state

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TOPSHOT - A member of the Nigerian Armed Forces Sniper Unit wearing a ghillie suit takes part in an exercise during the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) military demonstration held at General Ao Azazi barracks in Gwagwalada on April 17, 2018. - The African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) is a weeklong seminar held in Nigeria, bringing together land forces from across Africa to discuss and develop cooperative solutions and improve transregional security and stability. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A member of the Nigerian Armed Forces Sniper Unit wearing a ghillie suit takes part in an exercise during the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) military demonstration held at General Ao Azazi barracks in Gwagwalada on April 17, 2018. - The African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) is a weeklong seminar held in Nigeria, bringing together land forces from across Africa to discuss and develop cooperative solutions and improve transregional security and stability. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A most wanted armed group leader in central Nigeria has been killed by the military and special forces during an operation in that part of the country, Nigeria’s defense headquarters said on Friday.

In a statement, the defense authorities said the wanted militia leader identified as Terugwa Igbagwa was killed in the central Nigerian state of Benue. No clue was given about how or when he was killed.

According to the statement, Igbagwa was the “second most wanted criminal kingpin” in Nigeria.

“He was responsible for kidnapping, armed robbery, assassination, gunrunning, and other criminal activities around Katsina-Ala, Ukum, and Logo local government areas of the state for many years,” added the statement. Enditem

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