Boko Haram Joins Forces With ISIS
NIGERIA’S militant Islamist group Boko Haram has reportedly pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.
The group declared they were loyal to the terrorist group in an audio message, which could not immediately be verified, but was posted on Boko Haram’s Twitter account and appeared to be by the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, the BBC reports.
Boko Haram began a military campaign to impose Islamic rule in northern Nigeria in 2009.
Jihadist monitoring group SITE said the audio stated: “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity.”
The news of the group joining with Islamic State comes after Boko Haram is being blamed for four suicide bomb attacks that hit the Nigerian city of Maiduguri overnight.
At least 58 people were killed and 139 were wounded in the heartland of Nigeria’s north-eastern Islamic uprising, police said.
The blasts occurred over four hours in locations from a busy fish market to a crowded bus station, Police Commissioner Clement Adoda said. More