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“We carried out the attack”- Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nyanya bombing

by Zara Mustapha

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Another video has allegedly sufficed which shows the leader of  Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists Abubakar Shekau claiming  responsibility for the Nyanya bombing in Abuja,  Nigeria’s capital that killed scores of people.

“We are the ones that carried out the attack in Abuja,” Shekau said in the 28-minute video, referring to the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital which targeted Nyanya bus station packed with morning commuters.

In the alleged video, Shekau was said to be a sitting position dressed in a military uniform, a Kalashinkov (AK 47) resting on his left shoulder, the insurgent leader spoke in both Hausa and Arabic language that is mostly predominant in the north-east part of Nigeria.

It was reported that the video was delivered to AFP in a manner consistent with previous videos from Boko Haram.

PM News reports:

The bombing at the Nyanya bus terminal on the outskirts of Abuja was the first major attack in the capital in two years.

Most of the insurgents’ violence in recent months had been concentrated in the group’s remote northeastern stronghold, where the military is waging an 11-month-old offensive.

The attack in Abuja underscored the serious threat the Islamists pose to Africa’s most populous country and top economy.

Shekau indicated that Boko Haram has fighters based in the capital.

Referring to President Goodluck Jonathan, he said: “We are in your city.”

Shekau has been declared a global terrorist by the United States, which has put a $7 million bounty (5.1 million euros) on his head.

Hours after the Abuja bombing, gunmen stormed a girls’ school in the northeast and kidnapped 129 students, an attack also blamed on Boko Haram that has sparked global outrage.

Forty-four of the girls have escaped so far, according to officials, and the military has said it has launched a major search and rescue operation.

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