Friday, June 17, 2011
Boko Harram behind the bombing of Police Headquarters in Abuja
Nigerian radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on police headquarters in the capital Abuja that killed two, saying their target was the police chief. "We are responsible forthe bomb attack on the police headquarters in Abuja which was to prove a point to all those who doubt our capability," the group known as Boko Haram said after the attack late Thursday.The powerful explosion, believed to the first suicide bombing by Islamist extremists in Nigeria, ripped through the police headquarters car park, killing a police officer and the bomber, wounding several others and destroying dozens of cars, according to police. "It is unfortunate that we could not accomplish our mission because our target was the inspector-general of police, Hafiz Ringim," the group said in a statement distributed anonymously in the northeastern city of Maiduguri where the sect is believed to be based. Witnesses said the motorcade of a senior police officer had driven into the headquarters just minutes before the attack. Boko Haram, sometimes called the Nigerian Taliban, had warned Wednesday of "fiercer" attacks saying it was angered by a police declaration that its days were "numbered."