Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), based primarily in Algeria but with a branch in West Africa, has issued a statement addressing recent unrest between Muslim and Christian Nigerians. The statement, signed by AQIM's amir [leader] 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal, who is better known by his nom de guerre Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud (Wadoud), claims that the "genocide of Muslims in Nigeria" is part of the "ongoing Crusade" against the "Islamic nation." A summary in English can be found in this Reuters story. The full Arabic statement is embedded below (and is downloadable).
AQIM is a regional affiliate and ally of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), but is an independent organization. The core of AQIM was an anti-government Islamist (Muslim political) insurgent group, the Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat (SGPC), which changed its name to AQIM in the autumn of 2006.
AQIM...Genocide of the Muslim people in Nigeria - New episode of the crusader war against the Islamic Nation
AQIM, Genocide of Muslims in Nigeria: Part of the Ongoing Crusade