Sunday, January 29, 2012

Boko Haram confirms Al-Qaeda link, vows to fight until Nigeria establishes sharia law

Exclusive: Spokesman for Islamist group says it will not stop deadly attacks until country is ruled according to dictates of Allah
A screengrab from YouTube reportedly shows the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, who threatens in an audio message to bomb schools in Nigeria.
Qaqa confirms Shekau and others had travelled to Saudi Arabia for training and funding. "Al-Qaida are our elder brothers. During the lesser Hajj [last August], our leader travelled to Saudi Arabia and met al-Qaida there. We enjoy financial and technical support from them. Anything we want from them we ask them."

The Guardian of London yesterday published an exclusive interview with Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa

"We will consider negotiation only when we have brought the government to their knees," the spokesman, Abu Qaqa, said in the group's first major interview with a western newspaper. "Once we see that things are being done according to the dictates of Allah, and our members are released [from prison], we will only put aside our arms – but we will not lay them down. You don't put down your arms in Islam, you only put them aside."