Nigeria's Boko Haram swears allegiance to Islamic State

In what may boost the confidence of the extremist outfit Islamic State, Nigeria's Boko Haram have now pledged allegiance to the ISIS in a video message.

By Supriya Jha | Updated: Mar 08, 2015, 20:36 PM IST
Nigeria's Boko Haram swears allegiance to Islamic State

Abuja: In what may boost the confidence of the extremist outfit Islamic State, Nigeria's Boko Haram have now pledged allegiance to the ISIS in a video message.

The pledge of allegiance to the ISIS is believed to be in the voice of Boko Haram leader Abu Bakr Shekau, and was posted on the group's Twitter account.

In the message, that is yet to be verified, Shekau says, "We announce our allegiance to the Caliph...& will hear & obey in times of difficulty & prosperity".

“We pledge because there is no cure of the dissimilarity that Ummah have except Caliphate, we also call all the Muslims to join us", Shekau was quoted by a tweet from the SITE Intel Group.

Boko Haram, when translated to English means "Western education is sin".
It was designated as a terrorist organisation in November 2013. It has launched a number of attacks on schools in northern Nigeria, killing and abducting many innocent students.

Last year in April, Boko Haram abducted a total of 276 girls from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, out of which, dozens managed to escape but more than 200 are still untraceable.

There were reports that the girls, who were in final year of the boarding school, were forced to marry their abductors at a normal bride rate of $12. 

A video released by the militant group had showed over 130 missing schoolgirls clad in full-length hijab, reading Quran in an unknown location.

In past, many other small outfits have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, which established Caliphate across occupied parts in Syria and Iraq.

The pledge of allegiance highlights the influence that the ISIS continues to wield among the terrorist organisations across the world.

Also said to be the richest terror organisation, the ISIS runs a very wide-spread online network to flaunt its influence by posting beheading videos and recruit more fighters.