By Emeka Umejei, Lagos – Nigerian Islamist group, Boko Haram has revealed identity of the man behind the Dastardly act of August 26 bombing on UN Building in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.
According to CNN report , Abul Qaqa who claimed to be a spokesman for the group gave the name of the man as 27 year-old Mohammed Abdul Barra.“Mohammed Abdul Barra, 27, drove the explosive-laden Honda Accord car that rammed into the United Nations (UN) House in Abuja last Friday,”Qaqa had claimed on CNN.
The suicide bombing on the UN Building killed 23 people and injured many others. Boko Haram said it bombed the UN building because the UN is a partner in the oppression of believers.
“All over the world, the U.N. is a global partner in the oppression of believers. We are at war against infidels. In Nigeria, the Federal Government tries to perpetuate the agenda of the United Nations,” the Boko Haram spokesman said on CNN yesterday.
Stating further, warned that people should stay away from places as the UN building and other places of international prominence in the country.
“As such, we have warned everyone to steer clear of such places. They should steer clear of such places that we have mentioned it in the past. The battle has changed,” said Qaqa.
“We have told everyone that the U.N. is the bastion of the global oppression of Muslims all over the world.”
The American cable news network said it had a brief telephone interview with Qaqa, arranged by an intermediary, who was not named.
Barely two months ago, a lone suicide bomber also from the same group had driven a Honda Accord car packed with explosives into the Louis Edet Police Headquarters in Abuja on June 16. The bomber and one policeman died in the attack while 70 vehicles were either burnt or destroyed.
The claim by the Boko Haram spokesman came a day after the State Security Service (SSS) announced that an al-Qaeda-trained Boko Haram member, Mamman Nur, was the brain behind the bombing.
The UN building house 26 agencies of the world body, among them the World Health Organisation, the U.N. Development Programme, the Children’s organisation UNICEF, the Office on Drugs and Crime, the Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS and the U.N. Development Fund for Women.