DSS Confirms Arrest Of Al-Barnawi, Mastermind Of 2011 U.N Building Bombing In Abuja

Mohammed Usman aka Khalid Al-BarnawiThe Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday broke its silence over the arrest of Mohammed Usman also known as Khalid Al-Barnawi, described as a founding member of the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid Da’wah Wa’l-Jihad (Boko Haram) and later the Amir of the break-away faction, Jama’at Ansarul Muslimim Fi Biladi Sudan (JAMBS).
Since his reported arrest over a week ago in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, there has been no official confirmation of the development, which has been hailed in security circles as a major breakthrough in the war against insurgency.
Al-Barnawi, who has a bounty of $5 million placed on his head by the United States Government, is said to be the mastermind of the August 26, 2011 bombing of the United Nations building, Abuja.
The DSS, which confirmed the arrest in a statement by its spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, described it as “a major milestone against terrorism”.
The DSS said Al-Barnawi used to move around under various aliases such as Kafuri, Naziru, Alhaji Yahaya, Mallam Dauda and Alhaji Tanimu.
It said further of him: “Khalid Al-Barnawi is a trained terrorist commander, who has been coordinating terrorist activities in Nigeria, while talent-spotting and recruiting vulnerable young and able Nigerians for terrorist training by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in North African States and the Middle-East.
“Subject was involved in many terrorist attacks in states of the federation, including Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Sokoto and FCT-Abuja; this resulted in the killing and maiming of innocent citizens of this country.
“Al-Barnawi is also responsible for the bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja, on 26th August, 2011; the kidnapping of two European civil engineers in Kebbi State in May, 2011, and their subsequent murder in Sokoto State; the kidnap of a German engineer, Edgar RAUPACH in January, 2012, the kidnap and murder of seven expatriate staff of Setraco Construction Company at Jama’are, in Bauchi State in February, 2013, the attack of Nigerian troops at Okene in Kogi State, while on transit to Abuja for an official assignment.
“He would soon be charged to Court to face his charges after investigation is completed. This arrest is a major milestone in the counter-terrorism fight of this Service; this arrest has strengthened the Service’s resolve that no matter how long and far perpetrators of crime and their sponsors may run, this Service in collaboration with other sister security agencies, will bring them to justice”.

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