Nigeria: Boko Haram Targets Capital

Boko Haram rebels are targeting Nigeria's capital city of Abuja.  (Photo Credit: Google Images)

Boko Haram rebels are targeting Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.
(Photo Credit: Google Images)

Reuters Africa is reporting that militant Islamists are targeting Nigeria’s capital of Abuja and plan to load bombs on petrol lorries headed into the city, the government said. The author writes:

“Militant group Boko Haram, which drew worldwide attention in April when it kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, has increasingly attacked regions beyond its traditional northern stronghold in recent months.

Analysts say Boko Haram, which aims to carve out a hardline Islamic state in the Muslim north, has been focusing more on high-profile targets, emboldened by media attention from the kidnapping.

Two bomb blasts in Abuja in the weeks running up to the World Economic Forum held in the capital in May killed more than 90 people and prompted some delegates to pull out of the conference.

‘The Nigerian security services have received intelligence…to the effect that insurgents intend seizing petrol tankers and plant(ing) improvised explosive devices in the tankers and drive them to crowded places in Abuja,’ Mike Omeri, a senior Ministry of Information official said in a statement late on Wednesday.”

It has also been reported that Boko Haram is terrorizing neighboring Cameroon by kidnapping boys and forcing them to join the group.

Read more at Reuters.

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