Nigerian sect spokesman claims link to al Qaeda

Boko Haram had claimed the attacks at the United Nations building in Abuja earlier this year.

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2011, 12:05 PM IST

Abuja: A man, identifying himself as a spokesman for Nigeria`s fundamentalist sect Boko Haram, on Thursday claimed that his group has links with al Qaeda.

"It is true we have links with al Qaeda... They assist us and we assist them," the man identifying himself as Abul Qaqa told reporters.

"Any Muslim group that is struggling to establish an Islamic state can get support from al Qaeda if they reach out to them," Qaqa said in a phone conference in the Hausa language spoken throughout Nigeria`s mainly Muslim north.

Boko Haram, which wants the establishment of Islamic sharia rule in Nigeria, had claimed the attacks at the United Nations building in Abuja earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Nigeria`s secret police arraigned politician Senator Ali Ndume, who was accused of backing the group alongside former spokesman of Boko Haram Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, who named him as a sponsor.

Qaqa, who has been speaking on behalf of the group in the past, said all the allegations of the former spokesman were false.

PTI