Nigeria’s Boko Haram declares 'caliphate'Nigeria’s Boko Haram declares 'caliphate'

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Takfiri militants have declared a so-called caliphate in the northeastern town of Gwoza.

In a 52-minute video, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the militants, said that he has created the “caliphate” in Gwoza after bringing it under control earlier this month.

Shekau added that he and his militants have come to stay in the town and they do not intend to leave.

Nigeria's military, however, dismissed his claims about the seizure of the town.

"That claim is empty," Defense Ministry spokesman Chris Olukolade said.

"The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact" and “operations to secure that area from the activities of the bandits (are) still ongoing," Olukolade added.

Shekau had earlier expressed support for the notorious leader of ISIL Takfiri group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has declared himself "the caliph", in a video released in July.

The ISIL terrorists declared a so-called caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq in June.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its militancy in 2009. Over 10,000 people have so far been killed in the assaults.

Boko Haram -- whose name means “Western education is forbidden” -- says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

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