12 December 2013

Nigeria: Shekau Claims Maiduguri Attacks, Vows to Take War to the United States

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Boko Haram

Maiduguri — Leader of the Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has today claimed the attacks on military formations in Maiduguri on 2nd December.

Shekau spoke in a 40 minutes video which was obtained by newsmen through intermediaries. He spoke in Arabic, Hausa and Kanuri in which he claimed victory over Nigerian forces and vowed to extend what he described as "Crusade" to the shores of the United States of America.

Boko Haram insurgents had attacked the 79 Composite Group of the Nigerian Air Force in Maiduguri, destroying five aircrafts and many buildings as well as the 333 Artillery Regiment also in Maiduguri where many buildings and vehicles were destroyed.

The Nigerian Army claimed that 25 insurgents have been killed when the attack was repelled, but Shekau in the new video said he only lost seven of his men but killed "many soldiers".

Shekau said, "This message is intended as a glad tiding. Allah the Almighty has given us victory in the attack we launched inside Maiduguri (which was) called Borno in ancient times.

"We stormed the city and fought them (and) Allah blessed us with lots of booty. Three of our men carried out suicide bombings, three of our men died from bullets, one of them died from friendly fire and not from your bullet. May Allah accept them as Martyrs and may we attain such honour.

"Useless, stupid America! If you could do anything you would have done it in your country. Vagabond. You are boasting you are going to join forced with Nigeria to crush us, bloody liars. You couldn't crush us when we were carrying sticks. Is it today when we storm your barracks and commandeered your things one after the other.

"By Allah we will never stop. Don't think we will stop in Maiduguri, tomorrow you will see us in America itself. Our operation is not confined to Nigeria, it is for the whole world," Shekau said..

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