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Nigeria Has ‘Strong Leads’ on Terrorist Backers, Jonathan Says

Sept. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has “strong leads” about the backers of terrorist attacks after being hit by several bomb blasts, President Goodluck Jonathan said.

“I have directed security operatives to go after them no matter where they may be hiding,” Jonathan said in a statement published yesterday on the government’s website. Nobody will be spared in state’s efforts “to expose, contain and defeat this network of terror and its sponsors.”

A suicide car-bomb attack on a United Nations office complex in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Aug. 26 killed at least 23 people and wounded 71 others. The blast occurred after a suicide bomber driving a Honda CRV crashed into the reception area of the building housing 26 UN organizations.

Nigeria’s State Security Service said on Aug. 31 it had arrested two suspects that it identified as leaders of the militant Islamist Boko Haram group, which is responsible for attacks in northern Nigeria, in connection with the bombing.

Boko Haram, which draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, claimed responsibility for the attack, the BBC and the Abuja-based Daily Trust newspaper reported, citing phone calls by a spokesman.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vincent Nwanma in Lagos at vnwanma@bloomberg.net

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

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