Most Muslims are not connected to terrorist groups, but, as in all religions, there are militants who preach violence in the name of God. Nigeria has been wracked for days by violence initiated on the part of Nigerian style Taliban who seek to impose a strict form of Sharia law in every part of the nation. Initial reports describe hundreds of bodies and more still being uncovered as violence raged through many parts of northern Nigeria which is the center of Muslims in the country. A local journalist from the state of Borno claimed at least 200 militants were surrounding a mosque as they waited for Nigerian troops and police to attempt driving them away. During the fighting militants torched churches and government buildings.
Police reports indicate many militants have fled to forest areas. Initial reports suggest the militants are attempting to create conflict between northern Muslims and southern Christians and play upon tensions which have arisen as northern states impose sharia law.