Boko Haram got al-Qaida bomb training, Niger says

January 25, 2012 01:39

NOUAKCHOTT - Members of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram have received explosives training at al-Qaida camps in the Sahel region of northern Africa, Niger's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

The group, which has killed more than 200 people this year in increasingly sophisticated attacks that include bombings, may have also received training from Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents, Foreign Minister Mohamed Bazoum said.

"There is no doubt that there is confirmed information that shows a link between Boko Haram and AQIM (al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb), and it consists primarily of the training given to elements of Boko Haram," Bazoum said at a regional security summit in Mauritania's capital.

"One group has been received in AQIM bases here in the Sahel and another group got training, based on information we've gotten, with the Shabaabs in Somalia," he said.

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