Thursday, January 15, 2004

Nigeria: they were students

A bloody uprising to create a Taliban-style state in Africa's most populous nation appears an isolated rebellion launched by a cleric-led, Afghan-inspired, bloc of university students using family wealth, not al-Qaeda funding, authorities and captured fighters have told correspondents.

...Police said the students included children of top northern government officials.

... The students called themselves Al Sunna wal Jamma, Arabic for Followers of the Prophet's Teaching.

Investigators do have one key question, the official said: Where, and how, did university students learn how to handle arms? (full-text)