KABUL: (Middle East Press) Nigeria’s armed group Boko Haram has pledged loyalty to (ISIL), Reuters has reported quoting the monitoring group SITE.
The pledge, attributed to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, was made in an audio recording posted on the group’s twitter page on Saturday, but it could not be immediately confirmed.
“We announce our loyalty to the Caliph and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity,” SITE quoted Boko Haram as saying in a video purporting to be from the Nigerian insurgent group.
The video script identified the Caliph as Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Awad al-Qurashi, who is better known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL, which controls large swaths of territories in Iraq and Syria.
Baghdadi has already accepted pledges of allegiance from other armed groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Africa.