People demonstrate to press for the release of missing Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 12, 2014. Boko Haram released a new video on Monday claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. (Photo By: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI)
Nigerian terror squad Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIS, according to an audio statement released today, reports the BBC.
The message came via Twitter, as per the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. In the past, Boko Haram has been linked to al-Qaeda. They are the ones who are behind the more than 260 missing school girls from Chibok in April 2014.
Reports the BBC:
Boko Haram began a military campaign to impose Islamic rule in northern Nigeria in 2009. The conflict has since spread to neighboring states. ISIS took control of large swathes of territory in eastern Syria and across northern and western Iraq last year.
The group aims to establish a “caliphate”, a state ruled by a single political and religious leader according to Islamic law, or Sharia. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is known to his followers as Caliph Ibrahim.
In the audio message posted on Saturday, the Boko Haram leader purportedly said: “We announce our allegiance to the caliph… and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity. “We call on Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the caliph.”