Sunday, October 3, 2010

Group outside Nigeria behind blasts: president

ABUJA — President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday implicated a "small terrorist group that resides outside Nigeria" in independence day bomb blasts that killed at least 12 people.

"It is a small terrorist group that resides outside Nigeria that was paid by some people within to perpetrate the dastardly act," he said according to a statement released by his press office.

"We are on their trail and I promise Nigerians that the matter will be investigated to the last, and until everybody that is connected is brought to book, we will not rest. Government will no longer condone this culture of impunity."

Militant group MEND has claimed responsibility for the Friday bombings, but Jonathan seemed to cast doubt on the author of the claim in the statement.

"There was a statement purported to have been written by MEND, but investigations show that members of MEND have said they don?t know about it," the president said.

"Anybody who thinks that he can come under the cover of Niger Delta struggle to perpetrate violence and criminality, your time is over. We will no longer tolerate it, we will not accept it, the security agents are on their trail, and Nigerians will soon know the actors behind this evil."

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