Friday, 22 October 2010

Boko Haram issues new threats in Maiduguri

Boko Haram has issued new threats in the northern city of Maiduguri. Posters by the group bearing the name of Imam Abubakar Shekau, the group's de facto leader, warned the citizens of Maiduguri about assisting the police or approaching soldiers guarding the town at night.

The message on the posters read: "Any Muslim that goes against the establishment of Sharia (law) will be attacked and killed." Boko Haram is campaigning for the implementation of strict Shariah law. A dozen states across northern Nigeria already have Shariah law in place, though the area remains under the control of secular state governments.

The posters said it was from Shekau on behalf of "The Group of the People of Sunnah, Call and Jihad." Nigeria police officers began removing the posters of Wednesday [20th October ].

"These publications and messages on Boko Haram activities are seditious and could jeopardize our investigations into the four-month serial attacks and killings in the state," said Borno state police commissioner Mohammed Abubakar.

Source: AP

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