Maiduguri — A new video yesterday showed leader of the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, Abubakar Shekau, claiming responsibility for the December 2 attacks on security formations in Maiduguri.
The video was not independently verified by Daily Trust.
In it, Shekau is dressed in military camouflage sitting on a rug with an AK 47 rifle on his left shoulder speaking in Arabic, Hausa and his native Kanuri.
He says his group emerged victorious over Nigerian forces and vows to extend his fight to the United States of America.
The video shows him threatening those who still call his movement "Boko Haram" and believe it to be a local militia, saying they must be joking.
He condemns democracy which he describes an affront on the sanctity of Allah and promises to fight those practicing it, including the international community.
In the 40-minute video, Shekau makes refe-rence to the recent avowed collaboration between the Nigerian government and the United States against terrorism, saying America could not avert the attacks on its land, especially the ones on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and therefore wonders how it can help Nigeria.
Boko Haram insurgents had attacked the 79 Composite Group of the Nigerian Air Force in Maiduguri, destroying five aircraft and many buildings as well as the 333 Artillery Regiment of the Nigerian Army also in Maiduguri where many buildings and vehicles were destroyed. It also burnt the divisional police headquarters in Bulunkutu and some security checkpoints.
The Nigerian Army said 25 insurgents were killed when the attack was repelled, but Shekau in the new video says he only lost seven men but killed "many soldiers".