“Western culture is Islamically forbidden”
October 27, 2013 6:22 PM Subscribe
When the car exploded, the same two words occurred to him, and to the ticket taker, and to every other person who saw or heard the blast, which could be heard on the other side of Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city: Boko Haram. That neither they, nor practically anyone else in Nigeria, knew what Boko Haram was exactly or why it would want to bomb a bus station was beside the point. Officially, according to the Nigerian government, Boko Haram is a terrorist group. It began life as a separatist movement led by a northern Nigerian Muslim preacher, Mohammed Yusuf, who decried the country’s misrule. “Boko Haram” is a combination of the Hausa language and Arabic, understood to mean that Western, or un-Islamic, learning is forbidden. In 2009, after Yusuf was killed [BBC, The Guardian]—executed, it’s all but certain, by Nigerian police—his followers vowed revenge.
Boko Haram 101
Africa desert helps breed radicals, from Al Shabab to Boko Haram to Mr. Marlboro - "'Sahelistan' is what the French foreign minister calls the sub-Saharan zone of Sahel. Al Qaeda-linked groups from places like Mail and Nigeria have been driven into hiding there and hit Western targets. The zone may become a 'breeding ground' for terrorists, says the UN Security Council."
The Rise Of Boko Haram In Nigeria
2011 DEC 28 - The Rise Of Boko Haram:
On Christmas day, a bomb was detonated at St. Theresa's Catholic Church on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killing at least 35. Two other bombs exploded at Christmas ceremonies across Nigeria, killing five more. Soon after the bombings, a spokesman for Boko Haram, a radical Islamic group based in northern Nigeria, claimed responsibility.Who Are Boko Haram And Why Are They Terrorizing Nigerian Christians?
"By the grace of God, we are responsible for all the attacks," a man known as Abul-Qaqa, who claims to be a spokesman for the group, told a Nigerian newspaper. "There will never be peace until our demands are met. We want all our brothers who have been incarcerated to be released; we want full implementation of the sharia system and we want democracy and the constitution to be suspended.
Council of Foreign Relations: Nigeria Security Tracker
Nigeria: An Ephemeral Peace
Mitigating Radicalism in Northern Nigeria, from the Africa Center For Strategic Studies, via the Christian Science Monitor: How to deal with Boko Haram: A primer - "New 8-page study says local initiatives and national political will are key to dealing with radical jihad in northern Nigeria."
NSFWCorp (paywalled): The War Nerd: Nigeria's Inevitable Mess
Life With Boko Haram
Amnesty International: Keep away from schools or we’ll kill you’: Right to education under attack in Nigeria and Nigeria: Deaths of hundreds of Boko Haram suspects in custody requires investigation
Boko Haram leader calls for more schools attacks after dorm killings
Vigilantes Defeat Boko Haram In Its Nigerian Base
Boko Haram - What's In A Name?
Nigerian Islamist militants return from Mali with weapons, skills
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