Nigeria police make arrests over Boko Haram 'sleeper cells' in Abuja area

Hundreds of people have been killed in Abuja in recent years in attacks blamed on Boko Haram, including the bombing of a United Nations building which left 25 dead in 2011Nigeria’s secret police on Saturday said they had arrested a dozen suspects linked to the discovery of “sleeper cells” operated by Boko Haram Islamists in and around the capital Abuja. The Department of State Services said those arrested had travelled from the restive northeast of the country to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and were planning on staging attacks in Abuja during the year-end festivities. “Boko Haram… has continued to establish and operate sleeper cells whose (sole) mandates are to conduct surveillance and carry out subsequent attacks in the FCT,” the DSS said in a statement.

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