Maiduguri — The Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, yesterday claimed responsibility for the massive attacks on telecommunication facilities in Borno, Yobe, Kano and Bauchi.
The group said the attacks on communication facilities will continue unabated because such companies are assisting the federal government and security agencies in tracking and arresting members of the group in many parts of the country.
The group said with the connivance of such companies, many of its members have been incarcerated in various prisons.
A statement written in Hausa and signed by Abul-Qaqa equally threatened attacks on the facilities of the Voice of America (VOA) as well as its correspondents and staff.
Our correspondent reports that more than 20 telecommunication masts of MTN, Airtel, Etilsalat and Glo have been set ablaze in Maiduguri and Bama in Borno State as well as Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe State on Tuesday.
The development hampered communication and affected business transactions in the affected place while many employees of the telecommunication companies have fled.
"Our ultimate goal is the establishment of an Islamic State in Nigeria and we would not hesitate in taking punitive measures against anybody who sabotage or assist others that are sabotaging our efforts," Qaqa said.
"This is why we are fighting the Nigerian government and its collaborators, including telecommunication companies. We would continue attacking them (telecoms) until the time they stopped releasing information about our activities.
"We have also established that through its various programmes, the VOA has launched a campaign of calumny against Islam. We have resolved to fight back by tracking and killing its employees. Any employee of the VOA that wants to remain alive must quit.