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'Extremist Group' Attacks Nigerian Police Headquarters In Sign of Growing Threat

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

The militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for a bombing last week at police headquarters in the capital Abuja, has struck again outside its base in the Northeast, leading to concerns that the group is becoming a nationwide security threat.

Recent attacks suggest the group is increasing the sophistication of its attacks, sometimes coordinating multiple strikes at once. At least five policemen have been listed as killed in the attacks.

Boko Haram has threatened to stage attacks throughout the North and throughout the country, in an effort to end corruption, overthrow the state, and implement Islamic law.

In a handwritten statement, the group said "Very soon, we will wage jihad...We want to make it known that our jihadists have arrived in Nigeria from Somalia where they received real training on warfare from our brethren who made that country ungovernable."

In 2009, hundreds of Boko Haram supporters, including the group's leader Mohammed Yusuf, were killed after they attacked police stations in Maiduguri and other northern towns.

“If the ethnic militias defined the Obasanjo years, and the Niger delta militants the Yar'Adua years, Goodluck Jonathan had better realize that Boko Haram is his own cross. And no, good luck will not make it a lighter burden,” wrote Tolu Ogunlesi in the newspaper Next. (President) Jonathan needs to take charge early on. Whether he likes it or not there is a "war" on his hands, and a very unconventional one at that,” he wrote.

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