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Nigeria Warns of Terrorist Attacks With Gas Trucks

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 03:50 PM

Islamist militants are planning to attack Nigeria's capital with bombs loaded on gas tanker trucks, the Nigerian government said Thursday, stoking fears that Muslim terrorists are pushing toward the mainly Christian south.

The government has been desperate to show it can crush  the  Boko Haram's insurgency since the terrorists drew worldwide attention in April by abducting more than 200 girls from a school in the northeast.

On Thursday, the government said that security forces killed 10 of the group's members in northeast Borno state, marking a rare recent success.

Government spokesman Mike Omeri said late on Wednesday that the insurgents are planning to plant "improvised explosive devices in the tankers and drive them to crowded places in Abuja".

Boko Haram has killed thousands since 2009 in its campaign to create an Islamic state in Nigeria's mostly Muslim north.

Ninety people died in two bomb blasts in the central capital of Abuja in the south in the weeks running up to the World Economic Forum in the capital in May. The attacks prompted some delegates to pull out of the conference.

Security forces this week discovered a senior Boko Haram member among a convoy of nearly 500 travelers in the southern state of Abia.

The presence of a high-ranking militant in the mainly Christian south has raised concern that Boko Haram could eventually attempt attacks in the oil-producing Niger delta.

Police in the southern state of Imo, in the eastern part of the delta, defused three bombs found at a Christian church over the weekend. Six people have since been arrested.

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Islamist militants are planning to attack Nigeria's capital with bombs loaded on gas tanker trucks, the Nigerian government said Thursday, stoking fears that Muslim terrorists are pushing toward the mainly Christian south.
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