Foreign-based group behind Nigeria bombs -president

by Reuters
Sunday, 3 October 2010 05:13 GMT

ABUJA, Oct 3 (Reuters) - A small terrorist group based outside Nigeria and not militants from the oil-producing Niger Delta carried out last week's car bomb attacks in the capital Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday.

"It is a small terrorist group that resides outside Nigeria that was paid by some people within to perpetrate the dastardly act," Jonathan said, according to a statement from his office.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Nigeria's main militant group, claimed the attacks in emailed statements but Jonathan said investigations had revealed MEND members knew nothing about the bomb attacks. (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Nick Tattersall)

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