Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria pledges allegiance to Daesh
The Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria has pledged allegiance to ISWAP -- a rival Daesh (ISIS) offshoot in the West African country -- following the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
A video produced by Daesh and obtained by Reuters appears to shows clips of several hundred men, many of whom were armed, gathering in a bush. Several made statements to camera.
The video, obtained by Reuters, shows several hundred armed fighters gathering in the bush and making statements to the camera.
"We will unite together to fight the [opposition]”, a Boko Haram fighter said in the Hausa language. “Now that we're united, any upcoming event, will by far exceed what transpired in the past.”
The video has sparked fears that ISWAP is consolidating control of the insurgency in northeastern Nigeria since the Boko Haram leader’s death last month.
Other experts, however, dismissed the video as propaganda, stressing that it did not feature senior Boko Haram leaders.
More than 30,000 people have been killed in over a decade of terrorism in Nigeria by the Boko Haram Takrifi group, which has spilled over into neighboring Chad, Niger, and Cameroon and has forced more than two million people to flee their homes.
Boko Haram started from an underground African-terrorist group in 2009 and gained ground by killing, kidnapping and looting its way across northeast of Nigeria before pledging allegiance to Daesh.
The group's slain leader gained notoriety after kidnapping 270 schoolgirls in 2014 from the town of Chibok. Some of the girls were rescued, but around 100 of them are still missing, possibly having died in captivity.
ISWAP split from Boko Haram five years ago amid a conflict, separately pledging allegiance to the Daesh terrorist group.
The presence of terrorist groups in Africa has been an
excuse for global powers to re-enter these countries. This was seen in the
French military intervention in Mali and the US military campaign in Somalia.