Abuja on alert over Boko Haram threat

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

ABUJA: Nige­rian au­thor­i­ties said Is­lamist group Boko Haram was plan­ning to carry out sui­cide at­tacks in the cap­i­tal.

Se­cu­rity ser­vices said Boko Haram had con­cluded plans to at­tack crowded places, par­tic­u­larly churches, mosques and mar­kets, in the com­ing days, us­ing teenage girls as sui­cide bombers.

Boko Haram has killed about 13 000 peo­ple and kid­napped hun­dreds since it launched its cam­paign of violence in 2009, try­ing to es­tab­lish an Is­lamist state.

Nige­rian troops have re­taken most of the ter­ri­tory pre­vi­ously held by Boko Haram in oper­a­tions this year, but bomb at­tacks per­sist, caus­ing heavy civil­ian ca­su­al­ties.

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