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Nigerian ‘trained in Afghanistan ‘

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A member of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist in Nigeria , admitted to have been trained in Afghanistan . The extremist group is responsible for killing of several Nigerians, including church leaders, and destruction of Churches and other properties. The group fights to impose Sharia law all over Nigeria .

09/02/2009 Nigeria (BBC News)-A member of the Nigerian Islamist sect behind a deadly uprising in July has confessed to receiving military training in Afghanistan , police say.

The member of the sect known locally as Boko Haram and Taliban said he was paid $500 to do the training and promised $35,000 (£22,000) on his return.

The uprising in northern Nigeria left some 700 people dead, mostly militants.

For years Western diplomats have feared an al-Qaeda sleeper cell might launch attacks on oil infrastructure in Nigeria , which is an increasingly large supplier to the US .

Weapons cache

The man, 23-year-old Abdulrasheed Abubakar, was paraded before journalists in the Borno state capital Maiduguri , where the sect was based and which saw the worst violence.

The police also displayed a large cache of weapons and bomb-making equipment recovered from suspected Boko Haram members recently arrested in the northern cities of Yola and Maiduguri .

He explained that he had converted to Islam seven months ago and decided to join the sect after buying the teachings of Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusuf on cassette.

“It was the mood of Mohammed Yusuf’s teaching – the energy that helped me to join him,” he told the BBC.

After the uprising had been suppressed, many beheaded bodies were found in the sect’s headquarters, including at least three Christian preachers and the second in command of the military operation.

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