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Nigeria Arrests Six Alleged Boko Haram Members Over Bombings

September 06, 2011

(Updates with discovery of bomb-making factory in second paragraph.)

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Nigeria’s State Security Service said it arrested six members of the Boko Haram group in connection with two bombings that killed 15 people in Suleja, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital, Abuja.

Investigators found a bomb-making factory, Marilyn Ogar, a spokeswoman for the service, said in an e-mailed statement today. The suspects, including a citizen of neighboring Niger, are also alleged to have killed four policemen May 22 in Bwari, a suburb of the capital, and will soon be charged, she said.

“Investigation has indeed revealed that the suspects belong to the Boko Haram cell operating in the Suleja-Abuja axis, which is under the direction and control of a bloodthirsty Boko Haram leader who is now at large,” Ogar said.

Nigerian authorities blame Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group that draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a wave of bombings and killings since last year. The group claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 suicide car- bomb attack on a United Nations building that killed 23 people and wounded 71 in Abuja.

The bombing of Suleja’s electoral office took place on April 8, the eve of parliamentary voting, while another attack killed three people at a church in the city on July 10.

The bomb-making factory was discovered in Hayin-Uku village in Niger state, Ogar said, and included detonators, gas cylinders and pieces of shrapnel.

--Editors: Heather Langan, Karl Maier

To contact the reporter on this story: Elisha Bala-Gbogbo in Abuja at ebalagbogbo@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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