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Monday, Dec 28th, 2009

LAGOS – Nigeria’s main rebel group has warned that the country has become a “threat to world peace” and a fertile ground for Islamic extremism following a Nigerian’s botched attempt to blow up a passenger jet over the United States.

The group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has been conducting a long-standing insurgency in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern Niger Delta region.

It said in a statement it “condemns the attempted act of terrorism on Delta flight 253 into the United States by a misguided Islamic extremist from the Northern part of Nigeria”.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, the son of a prominent banker from Northern Nigeria, was charged on Saturday with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight as it was coming into Detroit airport from Amsterdam on Christmas Day. He had flown to Amsterdam from Lagos.

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