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July 14th, 2011

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA – Three people were killed from explosives that were set off at a military checkpoint in northeast Nigeria and a church in the Niger State.

  • No groups have claimed responsibility. Authorities place militant Muslim group Boko Haram as the prime suspect.
  • Since the explosions on Sunday and Monday, thousands of locals have abandoned their homes and fled to other areas for fear of escalating violence either by Boko Haram or military forces.
  • The local university shut down out of concern for student safety. The Delta State government evacuated 585 students of Delta State origin from Borno.
  • Boko Haram refuses to engage in dialogue with the government until soldiers from the Joint Task Force withdraw from Borno.
  • Borno has seen an increase in violent bombings and attacks on a near-daily basis. In recent years, Boko Haram has claimed its primary agenda is to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, demanding a stricter implementation of the shariah law. Thirteen out of 36 of Nigeria’s states are currently under some form of Islamic Law or Shariah.

Original sources: AFP; Reuters Africa; Al Jazeera; Vanguard; The Nation.

Analysts available for comment:


Ali A. Mazrui, Ph.D. is the professor and director of the Center for Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. Mazrui is also a senior scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a senior fellow of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: ali.mazrui@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English; Kiswahili

Chloe Berwind-Dart is a manager at Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, an international development NGO in Nigeria. Her expertise is in the field of civil society and dispute resolution.

CONTACT: chloe.berwind-dart@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Africa

Languages: English

Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos is a specialist on armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris. He has lived in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya and is the author of many articles and books on the conflicts of sub-Saharan Africa.

CONTACT: marc.perouse@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English; French

Sabine Machenheimer is a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for IHS Jane’s. She writes and edits for Jane’s Sentinel, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Jane’s Intelligence Weekly and Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report. She is available to give analyses and interviews on all dimensions of politics and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.

CONTACT: sabine.machenheimer@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English

John Marks is the president and founder of Search for Common Ground, a non-profit conflict resolution NGO with offices in 18 countries. He also founded and heads Common Ground Productions.

CONTACT: m.javedanfar@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English

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