Nigerians who killed U.K. soldier believed affiliated with Boko Haram
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
An attacker using a meat cleaver and his armed partner killed a 25-year-old British soldier in the streets of London on Wednesday, and Britain’s elite law enforcement believe the Nigerian men may be affiliated with a dangerous and bloodthirsty Islamist group based in Nigeria and affiliated with al-Qaeda.
The United Kingdom’s world-renowned law enforcement agency, Scotland Yard reported on Thursday that two more suspected Nigerian terrorists were arrested by inspectors investigating the hacking death of a British soldier, Lee Rigby, in London by two suspects yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
Scotland Yard officials said counterterrorism unit detectives arrested a male and female on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Both suspects are being held in a London police station, officials noted.
The two suspects who killed the young soldier — both in their mid-20′s — were shot and arrested by police at the scene of the killing of a British soldier on Wednesday. Both men remain hospitalized in stable condition, according to Scotland Yard.
Former al-Muhajiroun head Anjem Choudary reportedly identified the man in the cell phone video as Michael Adebolajo, a Christian who converted to Islam around 2003 and took part in Islamist anti-West demonstrations in London.
In the video, one of the suspects, Adebolajo, said, “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. We must fight them as they fight us.”
According to a counterterrorism expert, the attackers in this incident are likely affiliated with — or influenced by — the Islamist terror organization based in Nigeria called Boko Haram.
The Islamic jihad in Nigeria started as a riot in 2009 by members of an Islamist group known as Boko Haram. That first encounter turned into a full-blown gun-fight between Boko Haram and its supporters and the police and the military, according to Canada Free Press.
Since 2010, Islamists have perpetrated drive-by shootings and suicide bombings that have killed 1,548 people. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege,” has said it wants its imprisoned Islamists released and for the current Nigerian government to institute Sharia law throughout the nation.
The group officially affiliated itself with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in 2010, about the same time that Somalia’s Al-Shabaab also announced its Islamist-affiliation with al-Qaeda, according to Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugged.
last week, Nigerian police and security forces reported that upwards of 60 people were fatally wounded when suspected al-Qaeda affiliate Boko Haram Islamists attacked security formations in Nigeria’s terrorist-infested Borno region, according to Jorge Vega, an international counterterrorism and security expert.
According to Vega, the Boko Haram terrorists also executed 14 Nigerian prison officials in cold-blood and they freed more than 100 Islamist prisoners, who will probably return to the battlefield.
The suspected terrorists then torched a police station and its adjoining police barracks, as well as a local courthouse and Bama’s government complex where some of the buildings were totally destroyed.
During the attack, the terrorists perpetrated extensive arson on the divisional police station and police barracks. More than 20 police officers lost their lives, while three Children and a woman were burned to death.
In April, a fierce battle in Baga, Nigeria between security forces and Islamic terrorists left at least 200 Nigerians dead in that nation’s northeast coastal region, an Israeli terrorism analyst who monitors jihad in Africa said.
The source said that the terrorists initiated the attack with rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers retaliated with intense machine-gun fire in Nigerian neighborhoods and many of the casualties were civilians.
The fighting in Baga forced civilians to flee into the surrounding community adjacent to Lake Chad.
After the violence subsided, government officials were able to view the destruction firsthand, and their inspection revealed homes, small business establishments, and automobiles and trucks were torched as a result of the intense battle, according to local media.
The terrorists living in the northeast part of Nigeria, including Baga, are said to be armed with military-grade weapons, according to the Africa Daily.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.