Two jihad groups claimed credit: Movement for Oneness [Tauhid] and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Signatories in Blood. Here again we see murderous thugs claiming the mantle of the Islamic concept of jihad that they supposedly misunderstand — according to Muslim spokesmen in the West. Yet no Muslim organization in the West is making even the slightest effort to convince Muslims who believe this way that they are misunderstanding Islam. They expend tremendous effort to convince Western non-Muslims that jihad is benign. But convince violent jihadists that jihad is benign? They make no effort to do that at all. “Armed inmates kill two prison guards in Niger in suspected Islamist attack,” from AFP, June 2 (thanks to John):
The attack was carried out by “four individuals detained at the civilian prison of Niamey and prosecuted for terrorism,” Amadou said.
Two guards were killed and three were injured, one seriously, said Amadou, who is also the government spokesman in the impoverished west African state.
Three of the inmates were overcome, he said, while not confirming an earlier assertion that the fourth inmate was still in the prison grounds.
An investigation has been launched to determine how they obtained the weapons. They also seized a weapon from one of the guards.
A resident in the district reported shooting from the prison from early afternoon. “Everyone has locked themselves in,” he said.
Another said: “It’s panic everywhere. We were very frightened.”
Saturday’s attack came a week after twin suicide bombings on May 23, the first such attacks in Niger’s history.
An attack on the Agadez army base left 18 soldiers and one civilian dead, while a near-simultaneous bombing at French group Areva’s uranium mine killed one and injured 14.
Two jihadist groups — Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Signatories in Blood — claimed the attacks, saying they were in retaliation for Niger’s intervention in neighbouring Mali.
“Oneness” — that is, tauhid, the Islamic concept of the absolute oneness of Allah.