Nigeria’s Boko Haram pledges allegiance to ISIL

Islamic Extremism

This is a Monday May 12, 2014 file photo taken from video by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist network, showing their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera. (AP Photo, File)

Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram Islamic extremists have pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group in a message allegedly by the Nigerian insurgent leader posted on Twitter and reported by the SITE Intelligence monitoring service.

The unverified pledge posted Saturday comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in a northeastern town for a showdown with a multinational force that has dislodged them from a score of towns in recent weeks.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau makes the oath in Arabic in a tweeted message saying: “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims.” IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself the caliph.

Police say four suicide bomb attacks hit the city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 54 people and wounding 143 in the heartland of Nigeria’s northeastern Islamic extremist uprising.

This is an Associated Press story.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    I have often stated that religion is satanism. It is time for the rest of the world to stop treating these demons with kid gloves. The devil called Al Baghdadi must be found and removed from circulation for a start, while the rest of Islam must stand as one today and with one voice reject this cancer in its midst.