• Army is questioning four Boko Haram leaders arrested on Friday
  • About 1.9 million displaced people in north-east: government

The Nigerian army said it intercepted a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber in Ummarari in the country’s north-eastern Borno state.

The man died on Saturday morning when he detonated explosives strapped to his body after being stopped, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, acting director of public relations for the Nigerian army, said in an e-mailed statement on Sunday.

The army is questioning four Boko Haram leaders, including a radio technician, who were arrested on Friday in Borno, according to a separate statement. 

While Nigeria says it’s making progress in the battle against Boko Haram, which has waged a violent seven-year campaign to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous nation, the group continues to carry out massacres in remote areas and suicide bombings in towns and cities. The insurgency has forced 1.9 million people to flee their homes in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa, the National Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday.

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