Nigerian Police Arrest Al-Qaeda Suspects

Nigeria’s secret police have arrested several people suspected of links to the Al-Qaeda network in three of the country’s predominantly Muslim states, a spokesman said Monday.

“Our operatives arrested the suspects in Kano, Kaduna and Yobe states in connection with the threat of terrorism,” State Security Service spokesman Ado Muazu told AFP, adding that the suspects had a “link to Al-Qaeda groups”.

He said they also had links to a group known as the Nigerian Taleban. This Islamic extremist movement first emerged in 2002 calling for a stricter implementation of Islamic sharia law in the 12 states of northern Nigeria that apply it.

Since then it has launched attacks on targets symbolizing the Nigerian government, most notably on police stations.

In the most recent of these attacks, the group earlier this year razed a police station in the northern city of Kano, killing around one dozen people.

The group is not known to have any connection to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Muazu said the suspects were all Nigerians but declined to disclose how many were arrested or what they were allegedly planning.

“The suspects were arrested with some explosive device materials,” Muazu said, adding that investigations were still going on.

Nigeria has never had an Al-Qaeda style attack but since the population is roughly half Muslim and since the country is home to various armed groups, US officials tend to see the country as being at risk of such activity.



2 responses to “Nigerian Police Arrest Al-Qaeda Suspects

  1. I would rather we “lean more” to the Western world, (because it is more progressive & mostly non-violent) rather than the fanatical Taliban which is too barbaric and non-progressive!

  2. “Al-Qaeda groups” link is not in Nigeria, Nigeria’s secret police should investigations there mission before the Nigeria Police should come out with such statement that Al-Qaeda group is in Nigeria.
    We should rather build our new Democracy than going into a subject we can not ready to take the Exam.

    What is it about our police that they can’t not identify other groups from AlQaeda.

    There is NO Al-Qaeda link in Nigeria, Police should carry out more investigations about what they are up to.

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