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IN THE NEWS - Islamist Militant Group Boko Haram Claims Attack in Nigeria

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Rescue workers at the United Nations offices in Abuja. Workers in hard hats look for survivors in the wreckage of the building.
Rescue workers at the United Nations offices in Abuja. Workers in hard hats look for survivors in the wreckage of the building.

This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.

A deadly car bombing at the United Nations building in Abuja has brought more attention to an Islamic group. The attack happened Friday morning in the Nigerian capital. Later, a man claiming to represent Boko Haram spoke by telephone with a VOA reporter. He said the group carried out the attack and warned that "this is just the beginning."

The spokesman said the bombing was in reaction to the Nigerian military's increased presence in the northeastern state of Borno. Boko Haram is active there. The government sent more troops after an increase in suspected Boko Haram shootings and bombings.

In the Hausa language, the group's name means "western education is a sin." Boko Haram wants Islamic law or sharia to be established more widely across Africa's most populous nation. Western security officials say Boko Haram may have ties to the north African group known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

Boko Haram launched a violent uprising in July of two thousand nine. Nigeria's military crushed that unrest. Since then, Boko Haram has attacked police, politicians and community leaders. The group claimed responsibility for a major attack on Abuja's police headquarters in June.

Former VOA reporter Josephine Kamara and her husband work at the UN building in Abuja. She had driven him to work shortly before the explosion. Her husband is safe. She described the destruction to VOA's Joe DeCapua.

JOSEPHINE KAMARA: "Right now, I'm standing in front of the UN building, Joe and I see the front part of the main UN building. There are shattered windows. Hardly any of the windows are left standing. This building is about three floors, plus the ground floor, making it four floors. All the way up to the top floor, there's shattered windows, there's debris. There are mangos, iron rods all over the place. And I see a lot of the UN staffers' family members are standing out here. Also, it looks like the entire Abuja police force has actually come to the UN building, standing here, trying to get casualties out. Those that are badly hurt have been taken to the hospital."

In a statement, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called the attack, "barbaric, senseless and cowardly." He said his government remains committed to fighting terrorism.

President Obama also called it a "horrific and cowardly attack."

At UN headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke to the Security Council.

BAN KI-MOON: "Around eleven o'clock this morning local time, the UN house in the Nigeria capital, Abuja, was struck by a car bomb. These buildings house twenty-six humanitarian and development agencies of the UN family. This was an assault on those who devote their lives to helping others. We condemn this terrible act utterly."

The secretary-general warned that UN offices are increasingly at risk of attacks like the bombing in Abuja.

BAN KI-MOON: "Let me say it clearly: these acts of terrorism are unacceptable. They will not deter us from our vital work for the people of Nigeria and the world. This outrageous and shocking attack is evidence that the UN premises are increasingly being viewed as soft targets by extremist elements around the world."

In December of two thousand seven, a bombing at UN offices in the Algerian capital killed seventeen employees. And in August of two thousand three, a suicide bomber struck the UN headquarters in Baghdad. Twenty-two workers were killed. They included the top UN diplomat in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello of Brazil.

And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English. For the latest news, go to www.unsv.com. I'm Steve Ember.

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Contributing: Margaret Besheer, Joe DeCapua and Anne Look

网友的学习评论(7条):
作者:lvjiaying1984
I really don't know why so many people try to catch the eyes of others by bombing, committing suicide. I really don't know why they don't cherish their lives. Everyone born to the world should treasure their life because it is their mothers who have given birth to them and probably brought them up from childhood. By comparison, the teaching of the culture between our common school and what is for terrorists must be quite different. From the early age, they learn that they must listen to
作者:lvjiaying1984
what they have been told and that there is spirit after one has died. It is taught that after one dies by committing suicide, bombing, they would get into the heaven where the road was paved with gold and you could take as much as you liked. But terrorism is the worst affairs done by people who live in the same earth with other people who might be killed under the bombs carried out by terrorists. Luckily for us living in China, there has been little such unrest in the past years.
作者:lvjiaying1984
One famous one was in 1989 when college students blocked the road from going in both directions. Another famous one was in a year I cannot remember clearly when a leader of the Qigong name Li Hongzhi, who led the attack, making people crowded in the China's leaders' building Zhongnanhai where they were dismissed by the military force and at last Li went abroad, enjoying a better life with all the money gained from his students, leaving all the Chinese students setting fires to them and
作者:lvjiaying1984
committing suicide. There is yet another event carried out by a woman living abroad, whose birth place is in Xinjiang. In a place, several people whose religion is Wei were killed and she exaggerated the affairs, saying the Han persons were intending to kill their brothers and sisters. Under the command of such explosion, people who didn't know much did some violent things to people in the same city whose religion is not Wei. They set fires to the shops alongside the road and t
作者:lvjiaying1984
they attacked the people walking on the road and they destroyed the cars and buses. There was a chaos in this event. I do appreciate the action done by the Chinese military force because it is the only way that can change the situation. Although military actions are the last device that can help change the situation, sometimes it is the only to achieve this.
作者:Youncy
A life needs to live, and a person needs to live with respect.
作者:uestao
Love is important in the world
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