150 people were killed in Northern Nigeria after two days of violence. Residents in the state of Borno said that Islamic militants burnt a police station, a church and a customs office early yesterday.
The group, which calls itself Taliban, emerged in Nigeria in 2004. It has never been clear if it has proper links to the Taliban in Afghanistan but its leaders profess allegiance to and admiration of Osama bin Laden.
Nigeria is not the only African nation to suffer from Islamic extremism. This article describes Al Shabab (The Youth) group in Somalia as…
“An entire generation, those born after 1990, has never known a functional government or a society with a constitution and a rule of law. Denied an education, cut off from the outside world, overcome by a sense of injustice, despair and anger, these redundant Muslim youth were easy prey for al Qaeda.
First lured by money, then brainwashed through jihadist lectures and sermons, they were found eager to give their life the meaning it never had: the ultimate sacrifice for Islam.”
This article describes how Al Shabab and another Islamist group called Hizbul Islam (The Party of Islam) are seeking a merger to draw more strength and control of the violence stricken country.
In Kenya, Haroun Fazul Abdullah Mohammed who’s said to be Al Qaeda’s most senior figure in the country is still on the go as police lose essential files on him for the second time in six years according to this article.
Earlier this month we’ve discussed if the war in Afghanistan is making the world safer and if we’re actually fighting Islamic extremism in the right place.
But is Africa the place to be, to curb a rise in Islamic extremism on several new fronts? Will Islamic extremism end any hope for economic development in Africa? Is this Africa’s newest fear?