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Arrests made in Nigeria bombing

ATTACK: The UN headquarters' building after the car bomb attack in Abuja, Nigeria

TWO PEOPLE believed to be involved the the bombing of Nigeria's United Nations (UN) headquarters last week (Aug 26) have been arrested, the country's secret police have said.

The suspects, said to be members of the local radical Muslim sect, Boko Haram, are currently being held at a military base for the car bomb attack that killed 23 people and left 81 wounded in the capital, Abuja.

"The suspects have made valuable statements," the police said in a statement.

They say a third suspect still remains at large.

"[Our] investigation has revealed that one Mamman Nur, a notorious Boko Haram element with al-Qaida links who returned recently from Somalia, (worked) in concert with the two suspects (in) masterminding the attack on the United Nations building in Abuja," the statement continued.

A car rammed through the gates of the U.N. building's reception hall in last Friday's attack before it was detonated.

Boko Haram, an Islamic sect whose name means "Western education is sacrilege", fights to implement a strict version of the Shariah law in Nigeria. They are believed to have links to al-Qaida Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb of Algeria and al-Shabab of Somalia.

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