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APNewsBreak: Nigeria government freed bomb suspect
APNewsBreak: Former Nigeria government freed Muslim sect member now accused in UN car bombing
By The Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) ' A high-ranking Nigerian official tells The Associated Press that the oil-rich nation released several radical Muslims detained in 2007 on suspicion of being terrorists, including a man who officials now say helped organize last week's deadly car bombing at the United Nations headquarters in the nation's capital.

The men arrested four years ago had allegedly been caught with explosives. The official said their rapid release from detention was apparently aimed at placating Muslim groups. It has now come back to haunt security officials who fear a growing wave of al-Qaida-linked terror attacks in Nigeria, a main supplier of oil to the United States.

A spokeswoman for Nigeria's secret police had no immediate comment.



The bombing at the U.N. headquarters killed 23 people and wounded 81.


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