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Nigerian police arrest two most-wanted Boko Haram commanders

LAGOS, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Police in Nigeria on Thursday confirmed the arrest of two wanted commanders of Islamist group Boko Haram in the northeastern state of Taraba.

Ali Audu and Abdulmumini Abdullahi have been handed over to the military in neighboring Yobe state, according to Shaba Alkali, Taraba state police chief.

Alkali said Audu was arrested on Feb. 22 in Tella area of the state, while Abdullahi was arrested in Bali area on March 5.

The two are on a list of most-wanted Boko Haram members released by the Nigerian army last year.

At least five of the wanted Boko Haram commanders were captured late last year in different parts of the country.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in Nigeria since it launched an insurgency in 2009, trying to establish an Islamist state.

The Nigerian government says it has "technically" defeated the group, but the militants continue to carry out attacks in the West African country.

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