Boko Haram now calls itself 'Islamic State, West Africa Province'

Boko Haram now calls itself 'Islamic State, West Africa Province'

Sunday, July 12, 2015 1:28 pm


* Insurgent group claims attacks on Nigeria, Chad

A Boko Haram fighter in the Sahel  region of Nigeria

A Boko Haram fighter in the Sahel region of Nigeria

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for attacks in Chad’s capital N’Djamena and the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the SITE Intelligence Group said last night.

The US-based monitoring group said the claim of responsibility, made on Twitter, was signed “Islamic State, West Africa Province”, as Boko Haram has styled itself since pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group in March.

“West Africa Province [formerly Boko Haram] of #ISIS claimed the suicide bombings today [Saturday] in Chad and Nigeria,” SITE said on Twitter.

A statement citing Boko Haram’s Twitter message identified the attackers and said they had “pounded strongholds of disbelief in West Africa”.

At least 15 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded market in N’Djamena on Saturday. Boko Haram had previously claimed responsibility for a June 15 attack in the city that left 38 dead.

In Maiduguri, two persons were killed when two suicide bombers tried to target a busy bus station.

Heavy security prevented the attackers from getting into the terminal.

Reports indicated the two victims were pedestrians.

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