August 31st, 2011
01:11 PM ET

U.N. bombing suspect tied to al Qaeda, Nigerians say

Nigerian authorities said Wednesday that a man with ties to al Qaeda plotted last  week's car bombing at the United Nations' headquarters in the Nigerian capital that killed 23 people.

The Nigerian State Security Service said Mamman Nur recently returned from Somalia and was "working in concert" with two other suspects who have been arrested. The militant Somali group Al-Shabaab has been linked to al Qaeda.
The secret service described Nur as a "notorious Boko Haram element." Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group, aims to enforce a strict version of Islamic law in Nigeria.

The militant group had claimed responsibility for the attack in which a Honda packed with explosives rammed into the U.N. building, shattering windows and setting the place afire.


Filed under: Africa • Al Qaeda • Nigeria • Terrorism • United Nations • World
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  1. raven

    No way ! Al Qaeda?really? Im shocked.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©


    Who'd thunk?

    Hi, raven baby.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Hey sista! Hope you had fun last night. for your birthday, I mean.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. foreign headlines

    Libyan bombing suspect tied to NATO, most of the world says.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Libyan avg. citizen

    No way! NATO? really? I'm shocked.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arabic banasy©


      Who'd thunk?

      Hi, Abdullah baby.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    It was less than stellar.
    My granddaughter's father is being a tool again.
    It never ends.
    Same as it ever was.
    But I love, love, loved you singing happy birthday to me!
    Thanks again! 🙂

    August 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the prophet

    Algeria is #1 location among others like Marocco where terriritst live and plan their attacks look where Gadhafi wife and children found shelter!!

    August 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    I understand your comment about NATO. I really do. But the INTENT of Al Qaeda is terror.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    That last post was for Libyan avg. citizen.

    August 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cult of Personality

    We need to change "al Qaeda" to "al NOT O-Qaeda". Better yet, let's just change these terrorist cowards from "al Qaeda" to "al Extincta..."

    August 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Maybe true in this case, but I can see this being the standard line in the next few years. Whenever there is an attack of some kind in a 3rd world country, and the local despots want the rest of the world to turn a blind eye, they'll use it as an excuse.

    "Al-qaeda did it. But don't worry. We'll take care of them."

    August 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Catholic banasy©


    Who'd thunk?

    Hi, Philip baby.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • the Pope

      I don't get it.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Knock it off.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    Sounds to me to be same banasy all 1 in 3

    August 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Alqueda in nigeria O M G whooda thunk not me Much rather have them there then here Although youd be a fool to think theyre not here But im just a war monger

    August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
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