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Fredagens angrep på FN-hovedkvarteret i Abuja, Nigeria, var første gang jihad-gruppen Boko Haram gikk løs på utlendinger.

Antall drepte steg lørdag til 19.

Friday’s bombing represented the first suicide attack targeting foreigners by Boko Haram, whose name means «Western education is sacrilege» in the local Hausa language. The group, which has reported links to al-Qaida, wants to implement a strict version of Shariah law in the nation and is vehemently opposed to Western education and culture. It claimed responsibility for a similar car bombing at the country’s federal police headquarters in Abuja in June that killed at least two people.

Earlier this month, the commander for U.S. military operations in Africa told The Associated Press that Boko Haram may be trying to coordinate attacks with two al-Qaida-linked groups — al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, which operates in northwest Africa, and al-Shabab in Somalia.

A Nairobi-based diplomat told the AP on Saturday that at least 19 Nigerians had arrived late in 2010 and stayed with Somali Islamist militia al-Shabab in the house of a former Somali general in the rebel-held part of Mogadishu until April. Several of them were believed to be members of Boko Haram, the diplomat said.

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