Friday, September 9, 2011

Al-Qeada influence growing in Nigeria, others – Report

8 September 2011

A detailed analysis by a leading global news agency on Thursday says the influence of the global Islamic terrorist group, al-Qeada, is growing in Nigeria and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Quoting intelligence experts, analysts and diplomats, Reuters reports that there is growing interaction between al-Qeada and Nigeria-based terrorist sect, Boko Haram. Boko Haram is currently engaged in a campaign of attrition against the Federal Government.

The report says emerging trends show that al-Qeada broadening its reach, “possibly by sharing training, tactics and weapons, with other militant groups, after failing to strike in Europe and facing heavy resistance in Algeria.”

“(But) the links between Boko Haram and AQIM are there and probably getting stronger. We are not clear on the degree of cooperation. But if you are training people you are going to be talking about strategy, so there is a degree of coordination,” the report quoted an unnamed diplomat as saying.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the June 6 and August 26 bombings of the police headquarters and United Nations building, both in Abuja.

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