Shekau Claims Boko Haram Victories Over Military In New Video

soildiers-bokoharam_500The leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram claims in a video obtained by AFP on Tuesday that Nigerian soldiers have retreated during an ongoing military offensive and insurgents have sustained little damage.

The video marks the first public comments from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau since the start of a sweeping offensive by the Nigerian army on May 15 and also includes a call for foreign Islamists to join the fight in Nigeria.

Shekau’s whereabouts cannot be determined in the video, in which he is shown seated while dressed in camouflage with a turban, an AK-47 at his side.

His comments contradict statements from the military, which has claimed major successes during the offensive, including the destruction of Boko Haram camps and dozens of arrests.

It has been impossible to verify the claims of either side independently, with the military having cut mobile phone service in much of the country’s northeast and access to remote locations restricted.

“Since we started this ongoing war which they call state of emergency … in some instances soldiers who faced us turned and ran,” Shekau said in the hour-long video.

He claimed Nigerian forces “threw down their arms in flight.”

He called on like-minded Islamists in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq to join the fight to create an Islamic state in Nigeria.

“We call to us our brethren in these countries I mentioned. Oh! Our brethren, come to us,” he said in the video, which alternates between Arabic and the Hausa language spoken across northern Nigeria.

The video later purports to show vehicles and weapons seized from Nigerian soldiers.

Shekau, designated a global terrorist by the United States last year, repeats earlier statements that Boko Haram “will not stop the kidnap of your women and children until you set free our women and children, and our brethren.”

He also says Boko Haram’s goal is either the creation of an Islamic state or “martyrdom”.

The images of Shekau in the video are consistent with those previously released. (AFP)

8 Comments

  • Well, it is only a person who is in trouble that calls for help. Having asked for assistance from others indicates that the heavy hand of the gallant Nigerian Soldier has falling on BH. If you are truly Nigerians – embrace peace and stop this blood letting!

    • well said! only a loser will seek for assistance. And inshallah they ll not answer ur call… Thumps down shekau

  • Boko-haram is Claiming to have an upper hand and yet, seeking help from fellow ill-disposed people however, I am surprise that Northern leaders could fold their arm watching Nigeria falling apart just because Jonathon is in power. ” What a Shame on their part when innocent citizens are been killed, because of self interest”.

  • u are claiming u won d battle yet u are calling for external force to come to ur aid,i believe those pple u are calling are currently facing their own problem more than wat u face here so u are a loser,very soon we will all forget boko haram and shekau.well done my nigeria soldier u ve really try.

  • Woe betide boko haram,they will not know peace here and heaven.Amen.How could you invite outsiders to come and destroy your mother country?Wont jonathan leave office forever?When the Northerners were there did hen eat stone?Fuck you.

  • Wia are d fulish men u av bin decievn av they all died or why do u need outsiders for support. God will require d blood of all souls dat u have killed by ur satanic desire. Very soon wen u die u will see ursel in hell. U av a limited time.

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