Boko Haram 'leader' issues new threats

2012-01-27 07:47

Kano - The purported leader of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has issued new threats in a message posted on YouTube while also saying last week's attacks in Kano were over the torture of its members.

"We were responsible," a voice identified as that of suspected Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says in audio played over a picture of him. "I ordered it and I will give that order again and again. God gave us victory."

A purported spokesperson for the group had earlier claimed responsibility for co-ordinated bombings and shootings on January 20 in Kano which left at least 185 people dead. Police stations were the main targets.

The authenticity of the message could not be independently verified, but the photo matched up with previous ones said to be of Shekau and the voice was similar to earlier recordings.

He says in the message that "we attacked the security formations because our members were arrested and tortured. Our women and children have also been arrested".

The man said to be Shekau then issued another threat: "They should know that they also have wives and children. We can also abduct them. It is not beyond our powers.

"Soldiers raided an Islamic seminary in Maiduguri and desecrated the Koran. They should bear in mind that they also have primary and secondary schools and universities, and we can also attack them."

The purported leader of the group blamed for hundreds of deaths also accused the authorities of killing civilians in Friday's violence.

"After we finished our war, policemen stuck around and started killing civilians and later blamed us," he said. "We are not fighting civilians, but security forces. We only kill soldiers, policemen and their collaborators."

Sophisticated attacks

Friday's attacks were the worst yet attributed to Boko Haram and occurred in a city that serves as the economic heart of Nigeria's mainly Muslim north and a centre of Islamic culture.

Nigerian authorities have shown little sign of being able to stop violence blamed on the group.

Another police station was attacked in Kano on Tuesday night, while an explosion also went off in the city on Thursday. A German engineer was also kidnapped on the outskirts of Kano on Thursday.

It remained unclear, however, who was behind both of those incidents.

Shekau was seen as Boko Haram's second-in-command at the time of a 2009 uprising put down by a brutal military assault.

The leader at the time, Mohammed Yusuf, was captured by soldiers and handed over to police, but later killed when officers said he was trying to escape.

Boko Haram went dormant for about a year after the military assault before re-emerging in 2010 with increasingly sophisticated attacks.

It claimed responsibility for the August suicide bombing of UN headquarters in Abuja that killed at least 25 people.

A video posted on YouTube earlier this month was also said to be of Shekau. In the video, the man said to be Shekau issued a message to President Goodluck Jonathan and threatened further violence.

The appearance of the man in the video appeared significantly different than earlier images said to be of the Boko Haram chief, but a Western diplomat said "we assessed it was Shekau".

  • John - 2012-01-27 08:09

    Why do we have these stupid wars over whose imaginary friend is better?

      J-Man - 2012-01-27 08:19

      Amen John, Amen.

      StarStruck - 2012-01-27 08:53

      The Islam religion happens to be the only community committing these crimes in the name of their Jesus. They pray twice every day and they fear nothing. Apartheid would not have worked with these guys. They would have suicide bombed the sh#t out of the Union Buildings long time ago.

      John - 2012-01-27 09:29

      @John. So apart from Islam, who killed another over their imaginary friend recently?

      John - 2012-01-27 09:37

      Reply to my namesake, what about Northern Ireland and that was like Sunni's versus Shiite. In other words who is better mates with their imaginary friend.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-27 09:37

      @Starstruck, Actually Muslims pray five times a day, and a fat lot of good it does them.

      John - 2012-01-27 09:53

      @John. Northen Ireland. Not about religion. Land. In 1609, Scottish and English settlers, known as planters, were given land confiscated from the native Irish in the Plantation of Ulster... this resulted in conflict between the native Catholics and the "planters". Just so happened that the English and Scotts where Protestans and the Irish, well, the Irish were Catholics. So although the conflict had a religious feel, and were so punted by the media, its origins were of a more basic nature. I.e. religion wasn't the motive. Religion did not say, go kill. Islam says, if they don't accept, kill or subdue.

  • Zoolie - 2012-01-27 08:14

    Ah, return of the American army i forsee in the new future

  • foxiloxi - 2012-01-27 08:17

    Violence in the name of religion?!?!!? I will never ever get it?? And why does violence always follow religions around?!?! Somebody please explain how you can still believe in a so called god when this happens more often than not around religions!! What a joke!!

      Matthew - 2012-01-27 08:34

      And why does one religion in particular seem to propogate more violence than the others? Although in reality they are all equally as backward and oppressive as each other.

      John - 2012-01-27 09:32

      @foxiloxi. Pray give us the extensive list of violence committed in the name of religions other than Islam. Please, give honour where honour is due.

      foxiloxi - 2012-01-27 09:51

      @John, are you kidding me or are you just ignorant?? How far back would you like me to go or should we just look at the wars and violence being propogated in the name of religion currently?? Lets look at the more recent ones, Catholics/Protestants in Ireland, Bosnia/Herzegovina warring between 3 parties (Muslim, Roman Catholic, Serbian Orthodox), Civil war in Sudan between Muslims, CHristians and Animists, Afghanistan between Muslims and Non-Muslims, Iraq, Kashmir,Kosovo, macedonia, Surely you have heard of "The Crusades"? ... Please go and read up before making such an ill informed statement... Wars in the name of religion have been happening for thousands and thousands of years and it is not only based on the Islamic faith but all religions across all continents....

  • J-Man - 2012-01-27 08:20

    All in the name of Religion....again. Pathetic.

      John - 2012-01-27 09:28

      Nope. All in the name of Islam.

  • Thokozane - 2012-01-27 08:25

    Good Luck, Goodluck Jonathan.

  • neville.mclean - 2012-01-27 08:36

    Because God doesnt have anything to do with religion. Its man's incorrect interpretation of what God wants and this leads to selfishness, bloodshed and war! I truly believe that God is love and anything that goes against that is not from God. Unfortunately human beings are fallible and thus we can have a religion that hates and judges

      John - 2012-01-27 09:35

      Except in Islam, where Muhammed himself said that he wishes that he can be martyred, come back again, be martyred, come back again etc.. And if anyone meets Allah without scars of violence, he meets Him with a deficiency. What you see from Boko Haram is exactly what Bin Laden did, its in their book. So please, if you want to hit on religions, please do so factually.

  • Sikanyiso - 2012-01-27 08:57

    Any religion that is always associated with killings of innocent civilians is not from God, but its a bunch of mentally deranged satanic hooligans.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-27 08:58

    Boko Haram and its ilk are nothing more than groups of cowards who need to be eliminated with extreme prejudice. The easiest solution being not only go after anyone involved in the group but also to go after the people facilitating their actions as well as the families of all involved. Terror crimes cannot be dealt with in the same way that or with the same consideration as other criminal activities. Any organisation that directs attacks against civilians or civilian type targets must be dealt with as the common criminals they are, they have no claim to being soldiers and in the final analysis "freedom fighter" is just another name for a criminal as the ANC proved during its so called struggle.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-27 09:02

    Afrikans have been victims of colonisation and now its arabisation and islamisation. the only way out of this misery would be rapid industrialization just like what russia did to save themselves from hitler.

      MSGRule - 2012-01-27 09:19

      yes rapid communisn will not solve anything. more hunger and sorrow to follow. that is why South Africa (gettignthere) and the rest of Africa is run. Couple of rich and the rest must struggle.

      TheWally - 2012-01-27 09:55

      so Nigerians are Arabs?... wow.. your stereotype is outstanding!

  • Josh - 2012-01-27 09:04

    Dear News 24. On the Homepage of your Website the first picture of the pics on the right hand site of the page. The Flag being burnt by the aboriginals is an AUSTRALIAN FLAG NOT AN AMERICAN FLAG. You are a news channel and do not know the difference between the Australian and US flag. You should probably fix it....

  • Nathi - 2012-01-27 10:23

    It really makes my blood boil when people use the smoke screen of religion to claim that killing people is their duty and were called to it by God. They must be careful of what they say and do. As every religious book says, everyone will be judged upon their death on what they said and did in their lives.There's definately no going to heaven for these guys.

      John - 2012-01-27 15:56

      Nope. In Islam the only guarantee of going to heaven is if you die in the cause. Even Muhammed, the perfect example Muslims should follow, was not sure if he was going to heaven: Surah 46:9 Say: "I am no bringer of new-fangled doctrine among the messengers, nor do i know what will be done with me or with you. I follow but that which is revealed to me by inspiration; I am but a Warner open and clear." As is clear in the Qur'an: There will be no one of you who will not enter it (Hell). This was an inevitable decree of your Lord. Afterwards he may save some of the pious, God-fearing Muslims out of the burning fire. -- Sura 19:71-72 (Sura meaning chapter of the Qur'an)

  • Onah Bega - 2012-01-27 10:29

    I think there is a hiden agenda towards the Boko haram activity. There should b a dialogue instead of needless blood shed. The security is porous infact the country is suffering from security inpotence. Thank u readers

  • werner.smidt - 2012-01-30 08:16

    Oh, I see what you did there . . that's obviously the only reason wars exist.

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