In Islamic countries, and by swaths of the political left in the West, condemnations of radical Islam are often rejected as attacks by bigoted Westerners on a culture and religion that these critics do not understand. This is then presented as prima facie evidence of Islamophobia and racism.
One of the things that habitually gets lost in that tiresome trope is that the people who suffer the most at the hands of Muslims are… other Muslims. While we rightly deplore the relatively rare atrocities that radical Islamists carry out in America and Spain and Russia and the U.K. and France, the day-to-day death-and-misery toll inflicted on non-Islamic countries by Muslim terrorists pales in comparison to the violence that these radicals rain down on fellow followers of Islam.
A wave of attacks across northern Nigeria, including two on Monday — a suicide bombing at a market and an assault on security facilities — showed that the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram remained able to strike at will in the region, especially against civilian targets. … The attacks followed a bombing on Friday in a central mosque in Kano, the principal city of northern Nigeria; 120 people were killed in that attack.
[I]n Maiduguri, … women detonated suicide bombs in the city’s biggest market. A similar bombing by two women last Tuesday killed at least 45 people.
The bombing in Maiduguri was apparently carried out by two women wearing traditional Muslim clothing. Witnesses said one woman in a hijab carrying a bundle was stopped and questioned by civilian vigilantes as she approached a busy area where chicken vendors have their stalls. The vigilantes insisted on checking her bundle, and as she protested and shoppers gathered to see what was going on, she detonated two bombs.
A second woman who was entering a shop at the market at that time detonated another explosive, witnesses said. “There were two women, both of them dressed in Muslim hijab,” The police at first said that only a half-dozen people had been killed, but witnesses reported seeing many more bodies. The Nigerian authorities routinely understate casualties in their reports. A worker at Maiduguri Specialist Hospital said 25 wounded people and 16 corpses had been brought there.
The mosque that the terrorists bombed on Friday
… is next to the palace of the emir of Kano, one of the highest-ranking figures in Nigerian Islam. Kano is one of Africa’s largest predominantly Muslim cities, and it is outside the usual zone of Boko Haram attacks. The emir — Lamido Sanusi, a former governor of the country’s central bank — has been outspoken in his criticism of the federal government in Abuja, the capital. He recently urged citizens to defend themselves against Boko Haram, in the absence of an effective military.
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