The State Security Services, SSS, has stated that an al Qaeda-linked suspect was the brain behind last week’s attack on a UN building in Abuja.
Mamman Nur, a member of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which reportedly has ties with al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Africa was named as the suspected organizer.
Two men were also arrested in connection with the attack, which killed 23 people and left 81 people wounded. They are being held at a military base.
However, the agency did not disclose whether it shared any intelligence with diplomats in Nigeria’s capital.
The SSS made these clarifications in its first official statement on the bombing of the UN House on Wednesday, in Abuja.
The statement signed by its Assistant Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar said: “Investigation has revealed that one Mamman Nur, a notorious Boko Haram element with al Qaeda links who returned recently from Somalia, (worked) in concert with the two suspects (in) masterminding the attack on the United Nations building in Abuja.”
It was revealed that the two suspects were arrested several days before the attack, raising questions about whether the atrocity could have been averted.
The attack on the UN signifies a marked increase in the ambitions of Boko Haram’s strategy.
The term “Boko Haram” comes from the Hausa word boko meaning “Animist, western or otherwise non-Islamic education” and the Arabic word haram figuratively meaning “sin” (literally, “forbidden”).