Saturday, March 7, 2015

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance To ISIS In Audio Message

Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents have pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria, according to an audio message published Saturday on Boko Haram's Twitter account.



In the recording, a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abu Bakr Shekau offers the group's support and says the militants will "hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity."



The statement could not be immediately verified by The Huffington Post. The SITE intelligence group, which monitors extremist websites, said Saturday that the recording was posted to the Nigerian group's social media accounts.



Boko Haram has waged a violent insurgency in Nigeria since 2009, which has spilled into neighboring countries in recent months. Last year, Shekau declared the establishment of an Islamic state after his group captured a string of towns in northeast Nigeria. The militants have come under increasing pressure in 2015 as Nigeria and its neighbors have stepped up an offensive against the group.



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