Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has voiced his support for his fellow terrorists in other parts of the world.
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau
According to Vanguard report, in a new video given to the AFP, the leader of Boko Haram hailed Al-Qaeda, Taliban and the extremist Sunni Islamic State (IS) militant group, which has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
Listing IS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri and Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Shekau said, “My brethren… may Allah protect you.”
When Obama labelled the group as terrorists, he said that the group has links with al-Qaeda, and the Treasury Department confirmed this statement saying it has proof of Boko Haram receiving support from the terror group.
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In May, when President Jonathan had during the security summit hosted by French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Saturday described the Boko Haram, as the “al Qaeda of West Africa.”
However in reaction to Jonathan’s statement, the government of the United States had said that the dreaded Boko Haram sect, is not a branch of the global terrorist organization, Al Qaeda and should be treated as its ‘own terrorist group.’
Last week Monday, security was reportedly beefed up at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, following report that the global terrorist organization Al-Qaeda might bomb airlines travelling to the United States and other destinations by means of mobile phones or laptops.