Al-Qaida has offered training and weapons to Nigerian Muslims to help fight and kill Nigerian Christians following the religious crisis in Jos, Plateau State. The leader of North Africa’s al-Qaida branch, Abdelmalek Droukdel, said this in a statement posted an Islamic Web site Monday, accused the Nigeria’s Christians of killing hundreds of Muslims in a “Crusader war.”
Droukdel promised to train Muslim youths, supply them with weapons and equipment.
He told Muslims to “push your sons” to be the vanguard of the fighters in defense of the Muslims’ blood.
Violence between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria left 326 people dead late last month.
Al-Qaida in North Africa operates mainly in Algeria, but has carried out attacks throughout northern Africa.