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Nigeria Arrests Two Suspects Linked to Kaduna Church Bombing

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Nigeria’s State Security Service said it arrested two members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in connection with a Nov. 25 suicide-bomb on a church in Kaduna state that killed 11 worshipers.

The men, aged 50 and 18, were the “masterminds of the attack” on St. Andrews Military Protestant Church inside the Jaji Military Cantonment, Marilyn Ogar, a spokeswomen for the security service, told reporters today in the capital, Abuja.

The teenager, trained in the use of firearms and bomb-making, “participated actively” in the Oct. 28 suicide-bomb attack on St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kaduna that left eight people dead and injured more than 100, Ogar said.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous nation of more than 160 million people, is battling an insurgency by Boko Haram that has killed hundreds of people since 2009. The Islamist group has claimed responsibility for bomb and gun attacks in the mainly Muslim north and in Abuja.

The two suspects will be handed to the military to conduct further investigation because the attack was carried out inside an army facility, Ogar said. Others arrested with the men are still being questioned, she said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elisha Bala-Gbogbo in Abuja at ebalagbogbo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dulue Mbachu at dmbachu@bloomberg.net

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