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Nigeria makes ‘al-Qaeda’ arrests

ICC Note

Nigerian security officials arrested some members of ‘al-Qaeda’ in Northern part of the country. As we reported several times, Muslim radicals have been persecuting Christians in that part of the country.

By Alex Last

November 12, 2007 Nigeria (BBC News)-A group of militants with suspected links to al-Qaeda in northern Nigeria has been arrested according to Nigeria ‘s internal security service.

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Nigeria has not suffered a terrorist attack and despite occasional arrests of suspected Islamic militants there is no evidence of al-Qaeda in Nigeria .

In September, the US embassy warned Nigeria is at risk of a terror attack.

A group of Islamic militants were found with fertiliser and explosive-making devices, following investigations in three states in northern Nigeria : Kano , Kaduna and Yobe.

The SSS said the men had suspected links to the al-Qaeda network and the Nigerian Taleban.

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There are some radical Islamic sects who exist in the effectively borderless arid areas where northern Nigeria meets Chad and Niger .

Given that Nigeria is a major oil producer yet its population is poor and equally split between Muslims and Christians, British and American officials have long been obsessed that Nigeria was ripe for al-Qaeda-style groups.

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