First suspected Boko Haram terrorists arrested by US Marines


WASHINGTON, MAY 9, 2014 – US Marines in Nigeria have made an arrest, taking two suspected Boko Haram terrorists into custody. The men were found in possession of guns and ammunition during what is being called a “targeted search.”

US Marines arrived in the area in order to assist in the recovering of 234 girls kidnaped by the the terrorist group Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok.  It took more than three weeks before the Nigerian government accepted help in their battle against the terrorist group.

France, the UK, the US and China are all offering support including intelligence, training and military assistance.   Since Wednesday, US troops have arrived in Nigeria where they are providing security for the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Marines are expected to join Nigerian soldiers in pursuing Boko Haram into the Sambisa Forest in Borno State where they are believed to have spirited the kidnapped girls to.  Major General Chris Olukolade, Nigeria’s director of defense in­formation, says the two suspected Boko Haram members were arrested at Any­ibe in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The arrests including a teenager and an elderly man and happened during a a cordon-and-search operation. The two men were found to be in possession of two rifles, three locally fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition. The teenager, who is currently in custody, was said to be in possession of the guns.

Boko Haram, whose name loosely translated means ‘Western Education is sin,” attacked the all-girls high school in Borno state on April 14 and kidnapped approximately 276 students. According to, 53 girls did managed to escape. The girls, who had been taking exams, were loaded onto trucks by the militants and taken to an unknown location.

Following that attack, Boko Haram militants have gone into homes and captured eight more children before attacking persons at an open air market in Gamboru, in remote northeastern Nigeria near the border with Cameroon. At least 50 bodies have been recovered, many horribly burned, in the town.

Boko Haram has killed more than 1,500 people so far this year. The Islamic group is waging terror in order  to impose Islamic law on Africa’s most populous nation, which has 170 million people equally divided between Christian and Muslim. On Friday, Amnesty International  said it conducted interviews concluding that Nigerian security forces were warned about the attack, but did not take steps to protect the children.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan pledged to find the girls and thanked foreign nations for their support when speaking at the World Economic Forum being hosted in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Thursday, .

“By God’s grace we will conquer the terrorists,” he told the audience. “I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria.”

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  • Thomas S

    Ah, the religion of peace and tolerance. I thought Hillary’s State Department said they were not terrorists ?

    • imagebarer

      Let’s hope they read these guys their Miranda rights because they’ll probably drag them over here to put them on trial.

  • russinmaine

    Simple possession of a couple of riles and some locally crafted pistols I’m thinking does not automatically tie these two to Boko Haram. Is it possible? Sure. Is it a given, I’m thinking no, not by a long stretch. Our current government seems to hold up far too many examples of their success that turn out to be BS to buy into the claim so easily and without any real proof. This is after all a region rife with weapons.
    Want to make claims of success? Show us a picture of the guy in the left photo with an entrance and exit wound in the cranial region.

  • Hush Hillstreet

    marines shouldn’t of been in there in the first place

  • Alvin York

    I thought we dropped m81 pattern camo back in 2008? Shouldn’t those Marines be wearing Marpat camo?

    • Alvin York

      Oh, Because they are french soldiers who have a FAMAS rifles. Not US Marines.

      • Alvin York

        Thus, making this possibly a completely faked story.

        • Nick Budris

          I think it is just pictures they found online and not anything to do with what was actually going on there. We do have marines based in Nigeria

          • Verité

            The photo in the top right hand corner was taken by AP photographer Jerome Delay in Central African Republic in December of 2013. It is actually a photo of a muslim man who was accused of being a muslim rebel, chased down by a crowd of Christians, so the French soldiers fired warning shots and “detained” the man and led him away to his own safety. It has nothing to do with this story and the author and the people pushing this photo should really be ashamed of what would be very simple to refute. They know very well they did not get this photo from Nigeria or any wire service.

        • Verité

          Good eye and you are correct, the US military has not released any of that info and would not do so at this stage.

  • Nick Budris

    Clinton let 1 million people in Rwanda get slaughtered and could have prevented. Yet black people typically vote liberal including for this socialist president…. -Nods heads

    Regardless of nationality and color… This is human trafficking and seeing a few nations jumping on board to help restores a little humanity for me. I have followed a great deal over last decade. No one helps black people in Africa not just Americans. Of course most will not realize they haven’t helped there selves to much either and very corrupt including the truth to this story.

    Some people do not realize this but when slavery started in america a loooong time ago, People in Africa sold there people for spices and other goods…. Not to much different now.

  • Rolando

    Be afraid Boko Haram…The Marines have landed.

  • rjlahr

    That could have been Obama’s son?

  • Enigma505

    I’m calling bull sh#t on this story.

    First off, I wasn’t aware there were ANY US military forces in Nigeria searching for the BH clowns,

    Secondly, no other “reputable” news outlet has anything even close to this story running.

    And finally, the authors claim to fame is she’s a writer and “wanderer”? Yea, that’s a Pulitzer quality resume’.