The leader of the banned in Russia organization “West African province of the Islamic state,” better known under the old name of Boko Haram, denied reports about the release of the five thousand hostages. About it reports Reuters.
“Enough lies that you killed 60 of our soldiers and freed 20 children, and that you have freed another five thousand people,” — said the leader of the group Abubakar Shekau in circulation, addressed to the Cameroonian President Paul Biya.
He also confirmed that the group takes responsibility for the undermining of the suicide bomber in Maiduguri and the attack on the city Magumeri in the South-East of Nigeria. Both protests were carried out by Islamists last week.
Previously, on 17 March it was reported that soldiers of the United forces of the West African Union liberated about five thousand people who were in the captivity of Boko Haram. The command of the army said that the week-long operation conducted by the Nigerian-Cameroonian border, were also destroyed hideout of the militants in the mountains.
Established in 2002, Boko Haram (means “Western education is a sin”) operates mainly in the territory of Nigeria. Supporters of the organization in favor of the introduction in the country of Sharia law and are fighting against Western influence. Over the past eight years, the militants killed about 15 thousand people, more than two million were forced to leave their homes.