Nigerian air force joins bid to contain Islamist sect

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2010

nigeria 1Nigeria’s security services are beefing up efforts to contain the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram in the remote north, launching joint army and police exercises and using attack helicopters to help with patrols.

Christian-Muslim identity tags in Nigerian struggle for land

March 11, 2010
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A funeral of victims in Dogo Nahawa village near Jos in central Nigeria, March 8, 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

North Africa Qaeda group offers to help Nigerian Muslims

February 1, 2010
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Farm truck attacked in Nigeria's central city of Jos as Muslim and Christian gangs clashed last month, 20 Jan 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

TIMELINE-Ethnic and religious unrest in Nigeria

January 23, 2010
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A man and his daughter outside a burned house in Jos,20 Jan 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

Nigeria bomber’s home town blames foreign schooling

December 28, 2009

For residents in his home town, it was Umar Abdulmutallab’s foreign education, not his roots in Muslim northern Nigeria, that radicalized him and led him to try to blow up a U.S. passenger plane.

from Africa News blog:

Was Nigerian bomber a one-off?

December 28, 2009

SECURITY-AIRLINE/TRANSITQuite apart from the Nigerian would-be plane bomber’s lack of success, there are other reasons why Africa’s most populous nation cannot be expected to produce a rash of similar cases.

from Africa News blog:

Northern Nigeria erupts again

July 28, 2009











So far the exact toll from the latest bout of religious rioting in northern Nigeria is not clear. At least 150 have died and the toll may well go higher.

Rare look at Sunni-Shi’ite tensions in Nigeria

March 21, 2008

Sultan of Sokoto Saad Abubakar, spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslims, 3 March 2007/Afolabi SotundeSunni-Shi’ite tensions are regularly in the news, but usually from a small number of countries in or around the Middle East. Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan are probably the most frequently mentioned. It’s much rarer to hear how Islam’s two main families get along (or don’t) further afield. Now, two of our reporters in Nigeria, Farouk Umar and Estelle Shirbon, have written a feature about sectarian strife in Sokoto, a historic Muslim city in the remote northwest of the country. As they explained:

Book Talk – The link between corruption and violent religious extremism

March 27, 2015
(Opium farmers watch from the sidelines as officials nearby plan to tear through their poppy fields in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently called for a holy war against drugs in Afghanistan, which is responsible for more than 75 percent of the world's heroin. REUTERS/Adrees Latif AL/CP)

(Farmers at their opium poppy fields near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

In Belgium, parents’ dismay as Syria jihad lures troubled teens

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2015
(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son outside the Antwerp courthouse, where the trial of the group is currently taking place, January 29, 2015. As Belgium braces for a verdict in Europe's biggest trial of those accused of fostering Islamist violence in Syria, much attention is on poor Muslim immigrant communities' struggle in a region blighted by youth unemployment. But for parents in Antwerp, a city on high alert since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and police raids on Belgian jihadists, the ruling on February 11 by judges there may never explain why their two sporty teenagers, with no Muslim heritage, abandoned comfortable homes to take up arms in the Middle East. And whatever sentences may be passed on their sons, Brian De Mulder's mother and Jejoen Bontinck's father both say the damage done by those who recruited them - harm that includes lost jobs and disrupted homes for parents and siblings - cannot be undone. Picture taken on January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son, January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)