(Corrects source to army spokesman from police spokesman)
LAGOS, July 30 Nigerian authorities have
arrested 42 suspected members of Islamist sect Boko Haram in
Lagos and the neighbouring southwest state of Ogun, an army
spokesman said on Tuesday.
During a four-year insurgency Boko Haram's attacks have been
focused mostly in the Muslim north, far from the commercial
capital Lagos and the southern oil fields which provide more
than 2 million barrels per day to world markets.
The sect, which wants to carve out an Islamic state in the
religiously mixed country, has never claimed responsibility or
been blamed for an attack in Lagos, Nigeria's biggest city.
"We have arrested 42 suspected members of Boko Haram in
Lagos and Ogun," said an army spokesman in Lagos, Kingsley Umoh.
"Some have already confessed to being Boko Haram and said they
fled the northeast due to the military efforts there."
A military crackdown in Boko Haram's northeast stronghold
since mid-May has weakened the group but it has also pushed
militants into hiding and security sources fear attacks could
spread to other areas.
Multiple bomb blasts in Nigeria's biggest northern city of
Kano killed 15 people on Monday in a predominently Christian
area previously targeted by Boko Haram.
(Reporting by Tim Cocks in Lagos and Isaac Abrak in Kaduna;
Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Elizabeth Piper and Sonya