Boko Haram: New Security Threat for US in Nigeria

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, issued a warning Nov. 5 indicating that it had received intelligence that the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram may have been planning to bomb several targets in the Nigerian capital during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid al-Kabir, celebrated Nov. 6-8.  The warning specifically mentioned the Hilton, Nicon Luxury, and Sheraton hotels as potential targets.  An Associated Press count shows the group has killed at least 330 people this year alone. Boko Haram ("Western education is a sin") is a Nigerian Islamist group that seeks the imposition of sharia law throughout the whole of Nigeria.  The group believes that Western education is anathema. Many experts on Boko Haram note that the group's suicide bombing on 26 August 2011, which destroyed the U.N. building in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, reveals a link with al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM).  Before the attack, an internal Nigerian intelligence document had...(Read Full Article)