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Africa's God Wars
Nigerian Terror Threat Spreads South

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram appears to be intensifying attacks on southern Nigeria. It claimed responsibility yesterday for an attack in Lagos, the country’s main port and the largest city in Africa. Reuters reports:

Boko Haram leader Abubabar Shekau claimed responsibility for two blasts minutes apart targeting a fuel depot on June 25 in the country’s main port in Apapa, in the commercial hub of Lagos, saying he had sent a bomber in do it.[…]

The target of the Lagos bombs was a fuel depot which, had it gone up, would have caused a massive chain explosion and disrupted Nigeria’s mostly imported fuel supply. At least two people were killed. Police said it was an accident involving a gas canister, but the security sources say that was a cover-up – as did Shekau in his latest video.

If confirmed to be Boko Haram the ramifications are huge, both because Lagos is an international business hub and because it is a usually peaceful if at times uneasy melting pot of ethnicities from the mostly Christian south and Muslim north. Yorubas are split evenly between Muslims and Christians, but in past unrest with northerners, ethnic loyalties trumped religion.

Since 2012, Boko Haram has mainly operated in Nigeria’s majority-Muslim north. This bombing, however, is part of a recent string of attempts on targets outside that area. If Boko Haram starts routinely to attack the Christian, oil-rich south, it would mark a major escalation of Nigeria’s troubles.

As Africa’s God Wars escalate, veteran reporter Colin Freeman offers a lengthy examination of Boko Haram in today’s Telegraph. He analyzes the militant group’s growth and why tactics from commando raids to social media campaigns have thus far proved fruitless against it. Anyone interested in the ongoing conflict ought to read the whole thing.

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  • FriendlyGoat

    Mohammad either is or is not the “Prophet’ with sayings of presumed wisdom worthy of superseding all else in human thought.

    Apostates from this school of thought either do or do not deserve death at the hands of the Islamic believers.

    Non-Muslims and (surviving) ex-Muslims in Islam-marinated places either can or cannot overcome the core nonsense.

    Westerners either do or do not give a hoot how this plays out in other lands.

    Westerners either can or cannot stop the creep of this philosophy anywhere, including at Westerners’ own borders.

  • Breif2

    From the article, presented without comment:

    For Christians, education has long been seen as the route to both temporal and spiritual salvation, a message first hammered home by missionaries a century ago. But for more conservative Muslims, secular Western teaching has often been viewed as a bulwark to spread Christian influence.

    It is a pattern repeated throughout the region, with literacy rates overall in the Muslim-dominated north just a fraction of what they are in the Christian-dominated south. And as the north has lagged ever further behind – it is poor even by Nigerian standards – it has sown ever greater discontent,

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