Abuja: An al Qaeda linked man, who recently
returned from Somalia, was today named by Nigerian secret
police as the mastermind behind last week`s terror attack on
the UN headquarters here that killed at least 23 people.
Announcing the arrest of two other suspects, the State
Security Service (SSS) named one Mamman Nur, a member of the
radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, as a wanted man in the
suicide bombing of the UN headquarters on August 26.
They said Nur was linked to the al Qaeda.
The two suspects being held were identified as Babagana
Ismail Kwaljima and Babagana Mali.
The SSS said Nur "orchestrated" the deadly attack and
that two members of the sect, who were in their custody, was
giving valuable statements regarding the bombing.
"Investigation has revealed that one Mamman Nur, a
notorious Boko Haram element with al Qaeda links who returned
recently from Somalia, working in concert with two suspects,
masterminded the attack on the United Nations building in
Abuja," the SSS said in a statement.
The secret police urged the public to give information
regarding the whereabouts of the suspect, if available.
The blast, carried out by a suicide bomber who rammed his
explosives ladden Honda SUV into the UN bilding, also left 76
Boko Haram announced later that it was behind the attack.
In the aftermath of similar bombing by a different
militant group during the centenary of the oil-rich country`s
independence last year, the Nigeria police had declared two
men Chima Orlu and Ben Jessy wanted but nothing has been heard
of the two since then.
Boko Haram which translates to "Western education is sin"
operates in northern Nigeria and has claimed responsibility
for several killings and bombings in Nigeria. Boko Haram wants
to impose the strict Shariah law on the country.
The sect also claimed responsibility for a disputed
suicide attack at Nigeria`s police headquarters in also in
Abuja which missed the police chief Hafiz Ringim by whiskers
earlier this year.
Nigeria`s 150 million people is roughly shared evenly by
Muslims and Christian with the former being predominant in the
north while the later has a larger followership in the south.