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Nigerian Radicals Say They Bombed UN Center, Killing 18

August 26, 2011 Comments off

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A radical Islamic group in Nigeria says it carried out a car bombing that killed at least 18 people at the United Nations building in Abuja.

Witnesses said a vehicle forced its way past security gates at the sprawling complex and exploded inside the compound at about 11 a.m. Friday .

Rescuers raced to pull bodies and survivors from the rubble.

A spokesman for the radical group Boko Haram telephoned a VOA reporter (Hausa service) in Nigeria and said the bombing “is just the beginning.”

In New York, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he did not have exact casualty figures but predicted the toll would be “considerable.”

Mr. Ban told a meeting of the Security Council such “acts of terrorism are unacceptable,” and he warned the bombing signals that militants around the world increasingly view U.N. sites as “soft targets.”

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Nigeria imposes curfew on Abuja nightclubs and pubs

June 29, 2011 Comments off

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Burning vehicles in police HQ car park The police HQ attack was an embarrassing strike at the very heart of the security establishment

The Nigerian authorities have imposed a curfew on nightclubs, beer parlours and cinemas in Abuja two weeks after a major bomb attack on the capital city.

These establishments must now close by 2200 local time (2100 GMT) and public parks that admit children should close at 1800 local time.

Eight people died in the recent attack on the police headquarters carried out by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

It is also accused of Sunday’s attack on a beer garden in Maiduguri.

The group, which usually targets the north-eastern state of Borno, around Maiduguri, says it is fighting for Islamic rule, and campaigns against all political and social activity associated with the West.

Abuja city’s administration said it has also banned parking of vehicles on two roads where most government offices are located.

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Nigeria: National identity registration to begin after polls

April 16, 2011 2 comments

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Lead Image A new national identity registration would begin after the elections, the National Identity Management Commission, said on Wednesday, after the initial efforts by the federal government years ago could not yield the desired results.

Chris Onyemenam, the Director General, National Identity Management Commission, the guest speaker at the April edition of Information Value Chain Breakfast Forum, stated this at a monthly breakfast forum organised by Digital Jewels Limited. He said registration had already Read more…