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Published On: Thu, Aug 28th, 2014

New video: Abubakar Shekau announces Boko Haram ‘Islamic State’ caliphate in Nigeria

The Boko Haram Muslim leader announced that the Sunni extremists have begun their Islamic State aka caliphate, in northern Nigeria, where is now controls more than three towns and increasingly controls the entire northern region.

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

In a new video, Abubakar Shekau  declares “Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate.”

Gwoza, a town in Borno state in northern Nigeria, was siezed by Boko Haram militants in early August. The Sunnis went house to house murdering those who would resist, kidnapped more women and forced survivors into the nearby mountains.

By the grace of Allah we will not leave the town. We have come to stay,” Shekau insists in the 52-minute video.

His declaration has fuelled speculation that Boko Haram are working alongside the Islamic State (IS) which now controls large parts of Iraq and Syria. According to the BBC, Shekau has congratulated IS for its reign of terror in a previous video, but there is no evidence to confirm that the two groups are now allies — other than in motivation.

Not everyone is taking the terrorist group seriously: “(Boko Haram) claimed the formation of a nonsensical caliphate, plagiarizing from the concurrently running operations of fellow loony ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria,” writes the Osun Defender.

As reported here on The Global Dispatch, Boko Haram’s violence dates back years before ISIS, creating havoc for the impoverished nation and the Christian Today writes that “Boko Haram is thought to be responsible for the deaths of 13,000 people since it became active in 2009.”

Around 10,000 of these are now reported to be displaced within Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon.

Chris Olukolade, a military spokesman for the Nigerian government, has rejected Shekau’s claims. “The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact,” he said in a statement.

Experts have noted, however, that Boko Haram has been more active in recent months and has even begun recruiting in bordering Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

“They have been quite active and I think this is worrying people,” Raffaello Pantucci, senior research fellow of military think-tank the Royal United Services Institute, told The Times.

Boko Haram is in control of Gamboru Nagala, Borno state, and Buni Yadi in Yobe state, in addition to Gwoza.

A long history of reporting on The Dispatch covering the violent acts of Boko Haram can be found HERE

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