Boko Haram has outside help, says Jonathan

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has accused the Islamist militant group Boko Haram of having links to Islamic groups outside Nigeria.

29th January, 2012
Boko Haram has outside help, says Jonathan
Police officers look at burnt-out motor taxis following the suicide bombing in Kano, northern Nigeria, earlier this month. Photo: AP

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has accused the Islamist militant group Boko Haram of having links to Islamic groups outside Nigeria, and has challenged the group to state its demands if talks are to go ahead.

But the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has denied killing 185 civilians in last week's Kano bombings.

In a message posted on YouTube, Shekau claimed that the security forces had killed the "innocent civilians".

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