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Boko Haram: US Confirms FBI Assistance to Nigerian

03 Mar 2012

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By Yemi Adebowale        

The US State Department has confirmed reports that the FBI was assisting Nigerian authorities in their attempts to respond to the Boko Haram violence.

"A bomb technician has been in Nigeria working with the Nigerian government on the ongoing investigations of the recent bombings," said Hilary F. Renner, chief spokeswoman for the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs yesterday.

Meanwhile, the US State Department updated its travel warning for Nigeria this week, restricting travel by US government personnel to northern parts of Nigeria and asserting the risk of "attacks against Western targets in Nigeria remains high."

The warning arrives days after the shadowy Islamist sect, Boko Haram, took responsibility for a suicide car-bombing that killed three people and wounded 39 outside a church in Jos, Plateau State.

The blast was the latest in a string of terrorist attacks claimed by Boko Haram and highlighted rising religious tension in the country.

"Nigeria is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society, in which different ethnic and religious groups often live in the same area," the State Department travel warning said, adding that the violence is "exacerbating tensions along those lines."

The warning cites a host of attacks by Boko Haram during the past year, including the choreographed series of car bombings that hit Nigerian law enforcement posts January 20, and August's suicide attack that killed 25 people at the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria.
The State Department noted that more than 150 Boko Haram members escaped from a prison in central Nigeria in September 2010.
Some of them "may now be participating in attacks in other parts of the country," it said.

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  • we will be so happy if d US can help us fight this terrorist guys BOKO HARAM.that have been terrorising the state.

    From: ilesanmi Goodluck

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Just send your marine squad or police SWAT, This is beyond a bomb expert unless you are telling us a single bomb expert is more than thousands security operatives we have in the country in some instance i will agree with you because at the beginning they underestimate the power of BH but now if they calculate billions of dollars that war with BH has cost the country? Nigeria is at loss. They annoying part of it is that Nigerians dont have the idea of how much is the war with BH is costing the country. They will have known that its more than enough to compensate the BH victims without resorting to these wars without end.

    From: Bala Salisu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obama leave nigerians to deal with their problems

    From: Umr

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • God has started revealing d secret 4 nigerians,so it is not muslim god will definitely expose them.

    From: Abdullahi M Bello

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Now we should not be talking about boko haram alone. This recalcitrant mend or 'BEND' must be tackled once and for all. Why is Nigerian Army playing games with those idiots? It's as if some people in the security service don't want these crisis to stop.

    Government should bring back the man who handled the JTF during Okerenkoko/Gbaramatu era; I think Gen. Sarkin Yarki to route those criminals once and for all.

    From: Joseph Ubiagba

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I strongly believe that the US & Israel are the real sponsors of BH in Nigeria just like they set up alqaida to fight defunct USSR. You don't have to agree with me but that is my opinion.

    From: M. Abdallah

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • PLEASE YOU PEOPLE SHOULD NOT ALLOW AMERICANS TO COME TO NIGERIA IN THE NAME OF HELPING NIGERIANS OVER BOKO HARAM!! OTHERWISE THEY WOULD DO US LIKE THE LIBYANS. THEY SHOULD BE REJECTED AS FAST AS POSSIBLE NO ONE KNOWS THERE MIND

    From: VICTORY

    Posted: 2 years ago

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