Albanian police arrest five people in West Region
LAGOS, Nigeria — Albanian police arrested five people Thursday in West Africa’s West Region, officials said, in the latest in a series of arrests targeting Islamic militants linked to al Qaeda.
A local official told Al Jazeera that four people were detained in Gombes, on the outskirts of the capital Lagos.
The police were searching the car of the arrested man, who is an Algerian national, for the presence of explosives, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
Another local official said police detained two people in the town of Lumbini, a few kilometers from the city of Gombez.
Another man, believed to be an Algeria national, was arrested in the eastern city of Kano and was being interrogated, said an official in the area.
The authorities have been searching the houses of some of the suspected militants, including the wife of a suspected al Qaeda operative who was detained in Kano, the official said.
Police also searched homes of some people suspected of involvement in the recent attack in Mali, where at least 17 people were killed, in West and Central Africa.
A security source in the northern town of Baga said the Algerian government was “monitoring the situation in Mali and is monitoring the movements of suspects.”
He did not elaborate.