Nigeria Offers Reward for Alleged UN Building Bomber

Posted September 18th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria is offering a large reward for information on the alleged mastermind of last month's deadly bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Abuja.

Nigeria's State Security Service said Sunday it will pay $160,000 for information leading to the capture of Mamman Nur.

The agency has said that Nur belongs to the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the bombing. It said he organized the August 26 bombing after returning from Somalia.

The bombing of the U.N. building killed at least 23 people and wounded scores of others.

Four alleged co-conspirators appeared in an Abuja courtroom Friday. The judge ordered the suspects to be held until another court appearance November 3.

Boko Haram has been blamed for many bombings and shootings aimed at authority figures, mainly in northeastern Nigeria. The group wants a strict form of Islamic law applied more widely across the country.