2 Arrested in Nigeria U.N. Bombing

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Rescue workers evacuate a wounded man from the U.N. building in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on Aug. 26, 2011

(LAGOS, Nigeria) — Nigeria's secret police say that two men have been arrested in connection with a car bombing at the United Nations' headquarters in the oil-rich nation that killed 23 people.

The State Security Service issued a statement Wednesday saying the two suspected members of the radical Muslim group Boko Haram were being held at a military base. The secret police also said it sought a third man they said had "al-Qaeda links who returned recently from Somalia."

At least 81 others were wounded in the bombing Friday at the U.N. headquarters. The attack was claimed by a sect known locally as Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language.