15 years ago Niger’s key university had one mosque and students mingled freely. Today they are many and male, female students eat in separate canteens
A reporter said the road was splattered with bloodstains but the followers had continued their march.
The growing hostility to Salafism and its wholesale demonisation is unhelpful. There is little evidence in support that it is inherently violent.
Since independence from France in 1960, the country has deployed nearly 25,000 soldiers in more than 20 peacekeeping operations.
"It's a political decision. The authorities are scared of the Islamists," said an Algiers bar owner.