BEVRLY HILLS, March 17, (THEWILL) – Leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, has appeared in a new video, declaring that the sect will not relent until Sharia is established in Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Mali.
The 27-minute footage showed Shekau thanking his followers even as he refuted recent claims of offensive against the terrorists by Cameroonian President, Paul Biya.
Shekau, who threatened world leaders, displayed identity cards, arms, ammunition and other equipment purportedly seized from the Cameroonian Army.
In the video seen by Premium Times, he ordered his fighters to remain steadfast.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Friday confirmed the killing of five soldiers, including a Lieutenant, by Boko Haram insurgents in the attack on Magumeri town in Borno State.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, who did not disclose the names of the deceased soldiers, said in a release that three others were missing in action.
He said, “Troops chased fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists up to Doho, Mina Maideni, Donari, Salari, and Lawari villages. After hot pursuit and mop up the troops were able to neutralise an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists.
“Unfortunately we lost an officer and four soldiers, while three others were still missing.”
But Usman said the army successfully repelled the attack, adding that “the troops were able to neutralise an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 gun truck, 2 anti-aircraft guns, two extra barrels, two rocket propelled grenade bombs, 31 pieces of Nitrogen 57mm bombs, 1 roll of nitrogen cable and a 60mm mortar bomb.”
“Others were assorted general purpose machine gun and anti-aircraft ammunition and their links, three spare vehicle tyres with rims, 1 vulcanising machine, 1 Qlink motorcycle, foodstuff and three Boko Haram terrorist sown camouflage.
“Unfortunately we lost an officer and 4 soldiers, while 3 others were still missing,” the statement read.