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Wednesday 26 August 2015

Boko Haram terrorists strengthens ties with Islamic State

Hidden specifics behind a controversial botched visit of a fleeing Islamic State (IS) Emir and a Lebanese fugitive, Ahmad al-Assir to Nigeria are becoming evident.  Boko Haram extremists are reportedly strengthening ties with the Islamic State group, collaborating on intelligence and supplies and spreading their command in parts of Northern Nigeria and Chad. Subsequent reports indicate that Nigerian militants and recruits are already fighting in Libya.

Assir was nabbed after he changed his appearance - shaving his beards, and was trying to escape to Nigeria through Cairo with fake Palestinian travel document that had a valid Nigerian visa. His planned escape momentarily raised questions about a possible collaboration of Assir with the Nigeria’s new regime. To corroborate this development, International Guardianreported other arrests in Lebanon and India and the blocking of thousands of suspected extremists from leaving Nigeria.

It may be recalled that in March, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS, and in fact was granted independence by the group as their West African province. President Buhari’s ascendance to power raised  optimism as the New he vowed to obliterate the group in one month. However, since his inception, more than 1,000 people have reportedly been killed in the insurgency. The group has also intensified its regional bases with more than hundreds of recruits and fighters engaged in active services in the Libyan city of Sirte, International Guardian gathered.
Cameroonian soldiers patrol in the town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria, on February 17, 2015, after clashes with Nigeria-based Boko Haram insurgents (AFP Photo/Reinnier Kaze)

Furthermore, Algerian security forces in several reports confirmed a collaboration of  Boko Haram fighters and other local militants in northern Nigeria and Niger through  flawed immigration process and unguarded roadways.

Yesterday, Nigeria's President Buhari ordered his new set of military chiefs in the capital Abuja, to end Boko Haram's bloody six-year Islamist insurgency within three months, stating, "You need to brace up and continue to team up with other stakeholders to come up with a well-coordinated joint effort which will bring a desired end to these insurgencies within three months."

The Nigeria's military initially claimed it had pushed back advances from the terror group, rescued 178 hostages, captured a commander, and killed a "large number" through  air strikes. Chadian leader, Idriss Deby also alleged that  Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau had been replaced. But a few hours later,  Shekau showed up and denied all the reports in an audio recording. In an eight-minute Hausa-language message, Abubakar Shekau rebuffed claims he had been replaced stating, "It is indeed all over the global media of infidels that I am dead or that I am sick and incapacitated and have lost influence in the affairs of religion….. It should be understood that this is false. This is indeed a lie. If it were true, my voice wouldn't have been heard, now that I am speaking."

The Nigeria Immigration Service it was reported had barred nearly 24,000 people from leaving the country earlier in 2015. Presently, the number has surged as thousands from the Northern region depart through  unguarded boarders and broken immigration to join the terrorist groups especially in the Middle East and North Africa. Earlier this  month,  Nigerians studying in India were arrested as they tried to cross illegally into Pakistan, planning to join IS in Iraq.

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