Terrorism Africa News
Like Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Nigeria has its own home grown terrorist group.
Nigeria’s terrorist group, Boko Haram, has been responsible for killing hundreds of citizens and destruction of millions of dollars of property in the northern regions of the country.
Boko Haram means “books are evil” or “Western or non-Islamic education is a sin”. It is composed of radial Muslims from Nigeria and neighboring Chad. They are calling for Sheria Law to be imposed throughout Nigeria or at least on an independent north.
July Boko Haram members incited riots and attacked homes and police stations. The police retaliated and as many as 700 people died.
Police captured many of the terrorist group and placed them in the Bauchi Prison. On September 7, 2010 about 800 inmates escaped from the prison during a sunset attack by gunmen who are believed to be members of a radical sect, according to police reports.
On February 2, 2011 Boko Haram threatened to embark on full blown war against the Nigerian government. Their leaders claimed responsibility for the killing of a prominent local politician the week before. Part of the messages on the posters written in Hausa language read: “We are carrying out these attacks in order to propagate the name of Allah and to liberate ourselves and our religion from the hands of infidels and the Nigerian government.”
In response, on February 27th, Borno State Police command security outfit code named “Operation Black Scorpion” arrested a suspected leader of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Zakaria Alia Jiddo, in an unmarked car in Maidu-guri the state capital.
Their is suspicion that this feared terrorist group will disrupt the upcoming elections.
For some time now, international observers and terrorism researchers have warned that Boko Haram could be used by Al Qaeda to establish a new, destructive base in West Africa.
The Council on Foreign Relations sounded the alarm about Boko Haram more than a year ago: