LAGOS: Most of the Boko Haram terrorists captured by Nigerian Military can not read the Holy Qur’an, some of them can not even recite Suratuh Al-Fathiha, yet they claimed they want to establish an ‘Islamic State’.
When the Nigerian Military captured their bases and training camps, they never found Qur’an, Hadith or other Islamic literature.
What they found were ammunitions, charms, condoms and all sort of drugs including sex enhancing drugs, I Reporter a Nigerian news portal reported Wednesday.
In April 2014, Boko Haram drew international condemnation by abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok town in Borno state, saying it would treat them as slaves and marry them off – a reference to an ancient Islamic belief that women captured in conflict are considered war booty.
In August 2014, Boko Haram chief, Abubakar Shekau declared a caliphate in areas under his control, with the town of Gwoza its seat of power.
“We are in an Islamic caliphate,” said Shekau, flanked by masked fighters and carrying a machine gun. “We have nothing to do with Nigeria. We don’t believe in this name.”
Later, Mr Shekau formally pledged allegiance to ISIS, turning his back on al-Qaeda.
ISIS accepted the pledge, naming the territory under Boko Haram’s control as the Islamic State of West Africa Province and as being part of the global caliphate it was trying to establish.
BOKO HARAM AT A GLANCE
The group’s official name is Jama’atu Ahle Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “Sunnis Committed to the Propagation of Jihad”.
Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education – Boko Haram means “Western education is sin” in the Hausa language
Launched military operations in 2009
Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, abducted hundreds, including at least 200 schoolgirls
Joined Islamic State (ISIS), now calls itself “West African province”
Seized large area in north-east, where it declared caliphate
Boko Haram forbids voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers or receiving a modern education.
26, including children killed
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) Witnesses say 26 people were killed in northeastern Borno state by attackers on horseback believed to be rebels of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
Ali Abdulqasim said his home village of Kolori and the neighboring village of Baana-imam were attacked late Tuesday.
Abdulqasim said Wednesday he escaped the attack by scaling a mango tree from where he saw horsemen chase down and shoot fleeing villagers. He said he spent the night in the tree and when he came down in the morning he saw many corpses. Abbas Gava, a spokesman for a civilian defense group, said 26 people died in the attacks.
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