Islamist Militant Leader Threatens Nigeria's Refineries in Video
By Gbenga Akingbule February 20, 2014
The leader of Nigeria's main Islamist militant group threatened to attack
oil refineries and schools in the West African nation's mainly Christian
"You will in the coming days see your refineries you're boasting about
bombed," Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, said in the local Hausa
language, addressing residents of the oil-rich Niger River delta in a video
released to reporters in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. "Our refinery
Boko Haram fighters will extend their attacks beyond Borno, Yobe and
Adamawa, the three northeastern states where President Goodluck Jonathan
declared emergency rule last year to combat the insurgents, Shekau said.
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The group is "fighting Christians wherever we meet them and those who
believe in democracy, those who pursue Western education," he said.
Boko Haram, which means "Western education is a sin," is fighting to impose
Shariah, or Islamic law, in Africa's biggest oil producer, whose 170 million
population is roughly split between Christians, mainly in the south, and
Muslims, mostly in th north. The U.S. Department designated Boko Haram a
"terrorist" organization in November.
At least 47 people were killed by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the
northeastern town of Bama yesterday, a police official said. Bama is 130
kilometers (81 miles) from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
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To contact the reporter on this story: Gbenga Akingbule in Maiduguri at
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at
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