Haram has claimed responsibility for Wednesday multiple suicide and gun
attacks in the Jiddari -Polo area of Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
Screenshot of the video clip
In a video obtained exclusively by Sahara Reporters through
salkida.com, the Abubakar Shekau faction of the dreaded Islamist terror
group, Boko Haram, recorded dozens of its fighters driving into
Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, in military painted trucks with
little opposition from the military.
In the first 23 minutes, the video shows the Islamist insurgents’
attack on Maiduguri, displaying uniforms, shoes, ID cards, arms and
ammunition the group claimed their fighters seized from the military
during the attack.
The mercurial Shekau, who remains alive despite several claims by
the Nigerian military that he had been killed in operations, appears in
the middle of the video.
Speaking in Arabic and Kanuri, he repeats some of the earlier claims by his commander, who spoke in Hausa. According to him, “It
is not true that all the attackers were killed in Maiduguri on that
fateful night. It is not true that we were overcome during the attack.
The battle in Maiduguri was successful,” he says.
Remarkably, unlike in the past year where his video appearances
were recorded indoors, the latest video features Mr. Shekau outdoors in
an open field flanked by armed militants in front of armored tanks and
trucks mounted with anti-aircraft machine guns.
The factional leader of Boko Haram reiterated his group’s
determination to fight on, adding that there was no room for any
dialogue. He cited Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria where Islamist groups
have waged longstanding wars.
Mr. Shekau rebuked those who have been claiming that the Islamist group’s war around Lake Chad was over. “Our kids and grandchildren will continue from where we stopped,” he vowed.