I’ve once written about How ISIS and Boko Haram share similar ideologies and the other things they have in common and that post has been trending.
I also wrote about Boko Haram’s allegiance to the Islamic state and their so-called Caliph, Al Baghdadi. I wrote then that Boko Haram might have sworn their allegiance to ISIS because they were under increasing pressure from the military Joint Task Force of the West African countries it terrorizes (Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger). Boko Haram needed the support of the more powerful ISIS.
Has ISIS being directly supporting Boko Haram?
Since Boko Haram swore allegiance to the ISIS, there have been no confirmed reports that the Islamic state is sponsoring or sending weapons to Boko Haram. There have been reports of ISIS training fighters and supplying weapons to Boko Haram, however the reports are unconfirmed.
Recent activities of Boko Haram have however shown that the group is serious about its allegiance to the Islamic State and its mandate. I’m sure that the ISIS would be willing to use this opportunity to establish and expand its influence in Africa.
The Islamic State or ISIS (I use them interchangeably) called on fighters to increase attacks during Ramadan. In response to this, Boko
Haram has unleashed a wave of terror and violence in a recent spate of deadly attacks in its operational base, Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria.
The spike in violence has sparked concern that earlier victories claimed by the armies of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon against Boko Haram are being eroded.
Boko Haram fighters have waged new attacks on a series of towns and villages, killing at least 160 people.
Early on Friday morning, at least 11 men were dragged from their
homes in the village of Miringa by Boko Haram and shot for escaping forced conscription by their group, residents said.
In another set of attacks on Thursday, two girls wrapped with explosives blew themselves up at a crowded market and a military checkpoint in Malari, outside Maiduguri, killing at least 13 people.
The violence on Thursday and Friday morning came hours after Boko Haram fighters murdered around 145 worshippers in the town of Kukawa, just as they were preparing to break their fast.
Boko Haram this year became ISIS’s West African franchise.
An estimated 13,000 people killed in the 6-year-old insurgency.
Amnesty International puts the toll at 17,000 dead. Another 1.5 million people have been driven from their homes, most of them internally displaced and others living as refugees in neighbouring countries.