Nigerian police uncovered a suspected Boko Haram plot to bomb the capitol city of Abuja transport network with suicide bombers and explosives concealed in luggage, according to Reuters.
"Credible intelligence ... indicates that terrorists have perfected a plot to carry out attacks on the Abuja transport sector ... intended to cause panic amongst Abuja residents and visitors," police spokesman Frank Mba said in a statement on Saturday.
The Police High Command is now conducting a “thorough search” of all passengers and their bags as well as routine searches of all parking lots of the city, which is located in the center of the West African nation and is home to about 1 million people.
Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been responsible for three deadly bombings in Ajuba since April, including one in a bus park that killed 75 people and one in a shopping district.
Boko Haram, which means “against western education,” wants to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state. According to the BBC, Boko Haram followers are influenced by this phrase of the Quran, "Anyone who is not governed by what Allah has revealed is among the transgressors." Under Boko Haram rule, all residents would be prohibited from having any social or political involvement associated with western society.
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been responsible for killing thousands of people in Nigeria and Cameroon, but made international headlines in April when jihadist group abducated more than 200 schoolgirls in the northeast village of Chibok. According to Tracking Terrorism, Boko Haram’s funding comes from a combination of Nigerian ex-pats, al Qaeda-affiliated groups and organizations in the U.K. and Saudi Arabia.