Boko Haram Leader Claims Kano Attacks In Video, Challenges Obama, Hollande

Leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists has claimed a series of recent deadly attacks on security forces in the northeast, in a video obtained by AFP Monday.

Abubakar Shekau also insisted that he was in “good health” despite an ongoing military offensive aimed at crushing the Islamist insurgent group he heads.

“You have not killed Shekau,” he said in the video distributed through a local intermediary in a similar manner to previous Boko Haram messages.

Seated on a short stool with a kalashnikov rested on his right shoulder, Shekau said Boko Haram was “responsible” for several deadly raids over the past month.

These include attacks on the police and military in the towns of Malam Fatori and Bama, which sparked clashes that killed at least 35 people, according to the military.

The video contained what Shekau claimed was footage of Boko Haram gunmen opening fire on the military in Bama, using heavy weapons mounted on flat-bed trucks.

Shekau also referred to fighting in the towns Baga and Gamboru Ngala near the border with Cameroon, .

The Boko Haram leader has been declared a global terrorist by the United States, which in March put a $7 million (5.3 million euros) bounty on his head.

“I’m challenging Obama,” Shekau said in the video. He voiced similar challenges to French President Francois Hollande and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“They are no match for me,” he proclaimed.

Boko Haram is believed to be made up of different factions, with Shekau leading the most radical Islamist cell.

He has ruled out any dialogue with the government and says he is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s north.

The northeast is currently under a state of emergency as the military pursues an offensive seeking to end Boko Haram’s four-year insurgency.

The insurgency is estimated to have claimed more than 3,600 lives since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

Nigeria’s 160 million population is roughly divided between a mainly Christian south and mostly Muslim north. [AFP]

5 COMMENTS

  1. This is suppose to be a big Shame on all Northern Elders but instead of giving their unity and support to Jonathon administration to end the killings of this innocent people & Northern children but they’re all saying rubbish and fighting for their own self interest however, the Boko-Harram which they’re all supporting are mainly killing people in the North. Why can’t all this heartless past, present & Northern Elders find all possible means to support this present Government and end this killings of innocent people for GOD / ALLAH SAKE. I am also using this opportunity to thank all those in government in both south & eastern part of Nigeria for their vigilant & God Almighty will continue to Strengthen, more knowledge, wisdom and divine protection on all the people they’re Governing. “blood bath would never know road to South & Eastern part of Nigeria in Jesus / Allah Name”.

  2. Pls pple should know that the issue of BH is a political set up by the pdp administration. If u could remember Andrew Azazi has said that & he was sack & later on he was even killed him & governor yakowa of kaduna state. I am 100% sure that nigerians‘ politicians knows everything about boko haram. Pls let PDP & FG fear GOD & bring peace in NORTHERN NIGERIA & THE NIGERIA AT A WHOLE. Thankyou

    • if so, what r u doing as a person, y shld u allow urself 2 b used 2 distroy ur hs. Ask ur so call northern leaders, d ans liies wt them. Charity begins @ home, clean ur hs b4 looking outside, FG cannot succed if @ al ur claim is true, ur people r involved, so hold urself, ur brothers & leaders responsibl.

  3. Tony,those your statement mean,if northern leaders did’nt join hands with Mr President,there would’nt be peace in the north? You are not making sense,and if without them joining hands with him,the BH menace will not end,then they will not and never.Because nobody in Nigeria can stop them apart from Allah (SBHW),how i wish your statement was to join hands and be vigilant,and to pray hard.That is all,apart from prayer,there is NOBODY who can stop them…

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