Originally published in The Independent
HJS Research Fellow and expert in extremism Robin Simcox has commented on claims that Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, a British-born Boko Haram militant, was radicalised while he attended a university in Wales. Robin said that it was now possible that more radicalised British Muslims would seek to join Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
“It’s a surprise it has taken this long really,” he said. “Boko Haram is an increasingly powerful group but it hasn’t been as notorious as a group like al-Shabaab or al-Qa’ida in Pakistan or Afghanistan. It has not been a well-known group that has been able to attract Westerners. With Boko Haram getting increased publicity with kidnapping, maybe that will draw more to Nigeria than to the Yemen.”
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