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Nigeria Arrests Three More Independence Day Car Bomb Suspects

October 11, 2011

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Nigeria’s State Security Service said it arrested three additional suspects in connection with a double car-bombing on Independence Day last year that killed 12 people in Abuja, the capital.

Investigators recovered three vehicles, more than 650 rounds of ammunition and three pistols from the suspects, Marilyn Ogar, a spokeswoman for the service, said in an e-mailed statement today. The suspects include a banker who allegedly handled financial transactions related to the bombings for Henry Okah, the accused mastermind of the attacks, Ogar said.

Okah is facing terrorism charges in South Africa for his alleged involvement in the incident. South African law allows trials of alleged terrorists arrested or resident in the country no matter where their acts were committed.

The bombs were detonated close to where Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was celebrating the country’s 50 years of independence.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, the main armed group in the southern Niger River delta, claimed responsibility for the Abuja bombing.

Charles Okah, the brother of alleged rebel leader Henry Okah, and four others are facing charges of terrorism and treason in federal court in Abuja over the Independce Day bombings.

--Editors: Jeran Wittenstein, Vivek Shankar

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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