SaudiArab Links to Int’l Terrorism: Funding Boko Haram

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Saudi Arab
Friday, 17 April 2015

Under the title, Boko Haram's International Connections, Jacob Zenn revealed some of the ties between Boko Haram's terrorists and Riyadh.

The group is widely known for selling human beings, recruiting children, enslaving women, torturing, slaughtering, and kidnapping more than 2000 women as well as mastering all faces of terrorist acts.

Zenn wrote in the "Terrorism Combating Center" the following: "Boko Haram appears to have a diplomatic presence in Saudi Arabia, in addition to other militant connections."

On this level, the writer recalled that "in August 2012, a Boko Haram faction led by Abu Muhammed negotiated in Mecca with a Nigerian government team led by National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki and advised by General Muhammed Shuwa."

According to the writer, "Boko Haram also has a deeper history of involvement in Saudi Arabia: Muhammad Yusuf found refuge in Saudi Arabia to escape a Nigerian security forces crackdown in 2004; Boko Haram has reportedly received funding with the help of AQIM from organizations in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia; and Boko Haram's spokesman claimed that Boko Haram leaders met with al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia during the lesser hajj [umra] in August 2011. More recently, the leader of a Boko Haram cell that was responsible for the November 25, 2012, attack on a church inside a military barracks in Jaji, Kaduna, was in Saudi Arabia during the months prior to the attack."

Back to June 2014, "The Washington Post", detailed some of the connections between Boko Haram and al-Qaeda - and its money - through the Saudi Kingdom.
On this level, the daily "The connections between Boko Haram and al-Qaeda - and its money perhaps deepened when Yusuf fled to Saudi Arabia to escape one of Nigeria's first crackdowns on the terrorist group. It's unclear what happened while the group's founder was in Saudi Arabia or whom he met, but Boko Haram leaders later said that much of their funding comes from al-Qaeda."

"Al-Qaeda are our elder brothers," a Boko Haram spokesman told the Guardian in its first major interview with a Western newspaper. In August 2011, he said, "Our leader traveled to Saudi Arabia and met al-Qaeda there. We enjoy financial and technical support from them. Anything we want from them we ask them."

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