Abuja: A little known extremist Islamic group has claimed that it killed two soldiers who were on a convoy to Nigeria`s northern city of Kaduna from where they were be deployed to Mali to fight Islamists rebels.
Two bus-loads of soldiers came under weapons` attack yesterday and authorities said the assailants used remote controlled bombs and other arsenals.
In a statement published on online newspaper Dessert Herald, the group identifying itself as `Ansaru`, believed to be a break-away faction of Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalists, claimed that it targeted the soldiers due to Nigeria`s decision to join the war in Mali.
The attack on the soldiers took place along a road in Nigeria`s northern Kogi state while the emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, was attacked along inside Kano city just as he was returning from a graduation ceremony.
He was unhurt. The group warned African countries to avoid joining forces with Western nations in fighting against Islamic insurgents in Mali or "face the utmost difficulty."
Ansaru`s full name is Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan which translates to "Vanguards for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa" and it was banned by Britain last year after it was suspected of killing a Briton and an Italian during a botched rescue operation by Nigerian and British troops.
It announced its presence, for the first time, after an attack on a police station in Nigeria`s capital city of Abuja in November which the group claimed responsibility.