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Suspected Boko Haram bomber arrested in Abuja but escapes

January 19, 2012

On Christmas Day, a bomb went off just outside of Nigeria's capital Abuja at a Catholic church in Madulla. Nearly 40 innocent people were killed in the explosion, and authorities managed to find and arrest Kabiru Sokoto, who they believed was responsible for the attack, according to The Associated Press.

Sokoto was arrested at the governor's mansion in Abuja and was being held in one prison, but a local commissioner ordered his transfer to a police station in Abaji, another town near Abuja. The news source reports that Sokoto managed to escape during the journey when his police escort was attacked by men believed to be members of an Islamic rebel gang.

This is not the first violent interaction between Nigerian officials and radical Islamic sect Boko Haram. Many are claiming that the entirety of the events surrounding Sokoto and the bombing are proof of the government's inability to control the dissenting group.

Those who are currently living outside the country for work or school can make calls to Nigeria with international phone cards to get the latest updates on the escalating problems between the government and the Boko Haram group.

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