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Report: America is worried that Boko Haram is planning to attack U.S. interests in Africa


Anonymous U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News they have "fragmentary evidence" that Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group that kidnapped some 270 Nigerian schoolgirls, may be planning an attack on U.S. interests in Africa.

"Boko Haram has a long standing interest in this," said one senior U.S. counterterrorism official when asked about the possibility of an attack. "… It's consistent with what we've seen from them. Broadly speaking, it's in line with what we are tracking." [NBC News]

These officials did not offer details on the nature of their new evidence.

Boko Haram has long wanted to attack targets that would hurt the U.S. But officials believe that America's involvement in helping to hunt for the missing schoolgirls has increased this desire.