The dreaded Islamist group, Boko Haram, on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a set of attacks on telecoms masts across the north, at the same time threatening the staff of the Voice of America (VoA) radio network.
According to an email from the group’s spokesman, Abul Qaqa, “We decided to launch attacks on masts of mobile telecom operators as a result of the assistance they offer security agents”. The group believes that the information provided by the telecoms operators assist Nigerian security forces “in arresting [their] brethren.”
So far, about two dozen telecoms installations have been set ablaze in cities across the north, mostly between Tuesday and Wednesday, marking a new type of attack from a group that has become notorious for deadly gun and bomb assaults.
The information from the group continues: “As a result of the harm we understand Voice of America is inflicting on Islam, we hereby inform all reporters and staff of this radio station that whoever wants to live in peace among them should quit working with this media organization.”