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Muslim Extremists Graduate to Attacks on International Targets

The deadly attack by Nigeria's Muslim extremists on the UN building in Abuja shows increasing sophistication and international contacts.
By Aryeh ben Hayim
First Publish: 8/30/2011, 5:22 PM

The deadly suicide bombing at the United Nations in Nigeria's capital of Abuja that killed twenty and injured scores of others is stoking fears that Boko Haram the radical Islamic group has been making contacts with radical Islamic groups and learning sophisticated bombing techniques. The suicide car bomb serves as a warning of more to come.

The group opposed to Western education has moved out of its north-Eastern bastion and in June carried out an assassination attempt on the chief of police using the same MO. This is the first attack on an international body.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan pledged to curb terrorism but so fare he has been unable to redeem his pledges despite pompous directives to the security services "to rapidly evolve and implement additional security, intelligence-gathering and counter-terrorism measures to thwart the actions of misguided terrorists." 

He also does not appear to be fully focused on the issue. Jonathan assured Nigerians that he would not be distracted from the full implementation of his agenda for national transformation by the actions of terrorists and retrogressive elements in the country.

The UN is conducting its own investigation and Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, the UN Deputy Secretary-General pledged that the organization will continue working in Nigeria undeterred. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address the special session of the General Assembly on this issue.