March 10, 2012

Nigeria: al-Qaeda's New Terror Heartland

Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

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The radicalisation of Nigerian Muslims first entered the public consciousness in the West when the “underpants bomber” failed to blow up an American passenger jet as it landed at Detroit airport in December 2009. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian who is now serving a life sentence in the US, took a degree in mechanical engineering at University College London, before travelling to Yemen, where he was inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-educated jihadist who was killed by a drone strike last September, to join “al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”.

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