Friday, August 26, 2011

Boko Haram steps up attacks; bombs UN building in Abuja

Always looking to escalate the jihad and cause the greatest death and panic, the "books him bad" band of Islamic thugs in Nigeria have decided to take on those who are, despite their own ineptness doing some good for the desperate people there.  That doesn't matter to jihadists, the UN is seen as a lackey of Western powers, and as such not welcome or cooperated with.  Islam is quickly taking over Africa and the painful fall of Nigeria we are witnessing surely is not the last country to become home for jihad.

From the BBC August 26

Abuja attack: Car bomb hits Nigeria UN building

At least 18 people have been killed in an apparent suicide car bombing at the United Nations headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The powerful blast destroyed the lower floors of the building. Dozens have been injured, some critically.

A spokesman for the Islamist group Boko Haram told the BBC in a phone call that it had carried out the attack.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the attack was "an assault on those who devote their lives to helping others".

Speaking before Boko Haram's statement, President Goodluck Jonathan reaffirmed his government's "total commitment" to combating terrorism, and said his administration would "spare no effort to bring the perpetrators to justice".

In Friday morning's attack, a car crashed through two security barriers and rammed into the building's reception before exploding, witnesses said.

Hospitals are said to be overwhelmed by the number of injured and have appealed for blood donations.

Boko Haram, which is fighting for the establishment of Sharia law in Nigeria, also said it carried out a car bombing at police headquarters in June.

A UN official in Nigeria, who spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity, said the UN had stepped up security at all its buildings in Nigeria in the past month after receiving information that the UN could be targeted by Boko Haram.

Analysts say that the scale and target of the attack could point to a link with international terror groups.

'Shock on faces'

The bomb caused devastation to the building's lower floors Police have sealed off the area and the BBC's Bashir Sa'ad Abdullahi there says that although rescue work is ongoing, the major search operation has been completed.

Cranes have been brought to the blast site to move the mass of rubble and ensure that no-one is trapped there.

"We condemn this terrible act utterly," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference.

He said he was sending two deputies - Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro and UN security chief Gregory Starr - immediately to meet officials in Nigeria.

Later, Mr Ban reportedly told a Security Council meeting that the attack was "evidence that the UN premises are increasingly being viewed as a soft target by extremist elements around the world".

In a phonecall with Mr Ban and Mr Jonathan, British Prime Minister David Cameron described it as an "appalling attack" and passed on his condolelences, a statement said.

Nigeria's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Viola Onwuliri told the BBC she had visited the building and seen "the shock on people's faces".

"This is not an attack on Nigeria but on the global community," she said. "An attack on the world."


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