Friday, January 27, 2012

Nigeria Police Said to Arrest 160 Chadians Over Kano Attacks

Business Week
26 January 2012

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Nigerian police arrested 160 people from neighboring Chad on suspicion of involvement in bombings and gun attacks last week that killed as many as 256 people in Kano, a police official in the northern city said.

Nigeria’s government has contacted the Chadian authorities to investigate whether the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the attacks, has training facilities in Chad, said the police official, who declined to be identified because he’s not authorized to speak to the media.

“The most likely scenario in this case is that the Nigerian police received intelligence suggesting the participation of Chadians in the Kano operation and have gone on to round up as many Chadians as they can find,” Sebastian Boe, a London-based analyst for IHS Global Insight said today in an e-mailed response to questions. “While he participation of a number of Chadians is certainly plausible, I very much doubt that Boko Haram recruited 160 of them for the operation.”

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