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NIGERIA: BOKO HARAM TO STRIKE ON SALLAH DAY

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

The Joint Military Task Force claimed on Tuesday it had uncovered plans by Boko Haram to strike  in the North during Eid-el-kabir (Thursday and Friday).

The JTF also alleged that the Islamic fundamentalists had been receiving assistance from foreign militants to carry out their deadly attacks.

In a statement, the  JTF  spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, said  the group was  planning to attack worship centres and other public places.

The statement said, “Information available to the Joint Task Force indicates that the Boko Haram terrorists are planning to launch massive attacks on military and civilian targets in Borno State before, during and after the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.

“The terrorists have invited foreign militant groups to assist them in the anticipated attacks.

“We know where they are coming from but we don’t want to disclose that because we don’t want to pre-empt our security arrangement to tackle them.”

Boko Haram members are believed to have sought training in northern Mali from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies. There has been intense speculation over whether other links have been formed with foreign groups.

The JTF  has claimed that insurgents from neighbouring Chad have previously fought alongside Boko Haram.

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