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June 4th, 2012

June 6 Nigeria 510778 300x200 MEDIA ALERT: Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigerian suicide bombing

(Abuja, Nigeria — October 2010)

YELWA, NIGERIA – Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed at least 12 people Sunday. More than 30 people suffered injuries, according to the Nigerian Red Cross. The bombing took place at a church in Yelwa near Nigeria’s northern Bauchi state. (Source: EuroNews / Associated Press).


Analysts available for comment:

Ali A. Mazrui, Ph.D. is the professor and director of the Center for Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Mazrui is also a senior scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a senior fellow of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Location: New York, U.S.A.
Languages: English; Kiswahili

Chloe Berwind-Dart is a manager at Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, an international development NGO in Nigeria. Her expertise is in the field of civil society and dispute resolution. She is a trained mediator with years of experience as a print media point-person for the not-for-profit organizations she has served in both Boston and Abuja, Nigeria.
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Language: English
Afyare A. Elmi, Ph.D. is a Somali-Canadian political scientist. He teaches international politics at the Qatar University’s International Affairs Department. He is specialized in international security, conflict and peace-building, political Islam and African security and development.
Location: Doha, Qatar
Languages: English; Somali
Sarjoh Bah is a Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator of African Security Institutions, at New York Universitys Center on International Cooperation. He is a leading authority on security cooperation in Africa with a particular focus on the African Union.
Location: New York, U.S.A.
Language: English
Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos is a specialist on armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris. He has lived in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya and is the author of many articles and books on the conflicts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English; French
Sabine Machenheimer is a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for IHS Jane’s. She writes and edits for Jane’s Sentinel, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Jane’s Intelligence Weekly and Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report. She is available to give analyses and interviews on all dimensions of politics and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Location: West Europe
Languages: English
J. Peter Pham, Ph.D. is the Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pham primarily studies international relations and strategic issues, with particular concentrations on U.S. foreign and defense policy, African politics and security, terrorism and political violence, and religion and global affairs. He has served on the Senior Advisory Group of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) since its creation.
Location: North America
Languages: English; French; Italian

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