Boko Haram claims responsibility for telecoms attacks, vows to destroy more schools

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

In claiming responsibility for mast bombings , Boko Haram says it sets its sight on VOA and primary schools.

The extremist sect, Jama’atu ahlis sunnah lil daawati wal jihad, popularly called Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for  attacking  telecommunication base stations in Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, and Kano states saying it was its way of punishing them for alleged culpability in aiding security agencies to kill its members.

“We are attacking GSM companies because they have helped security agencies to arrest and kill many of our members, and we will continue with our attacks on them until they stop,” Mr. Abu Qaqa, spokesperson for the sect said Thursday evening in an email sent to PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Qaqa’s statement came just as security officials lambasted the sect, and faulted its logic that telecommunication companies had a hand in the killing of its  members. “How can they tghey say telcom companies are aiding security forces to arrest their members when a lot of them are tired and disgruntled” said a Joint Task Force official who argued that the difficulties the sect is currently facing has its root in internal rebellion and the counter response of victims.

“Did they register their SIM cards as Boko Haram members?” the JTF official queried adding that security agencies have no need for telecommunication companies to arrest sect members.

In its message, Boko Haram also expanded on its operational objectives beyond the establishment of an Islamic state, putting on notice those  that try to prevent them as enemy that will be “fought with all we have”.

Mr. Qaqa  put the  Hausa service of the Voice of America in this category accusing the international  broadcaster  for “fighting against Islamic religion”. For all journalists working with the broadcaster, the sect promised a reward of blood, adding “We advise any reporter or correspondent working with the station to resign, otherwise we will not hesitate any of them we come across anywhere.”

Mr. Qaqa also said the sect will intensify attacks on primary schools as a result of the “attack on Islamic schools by security agencies” boasting that the recent resolve by governors and traditional rulers in the north to fight the sect “will come to nothing”.

  • Innocent

    Now I am beginning to think in the direction of our security agents wining the war.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Bravo JTF. It is clear the evil men are feeling the heat.

    • Good citizen

      You are quite right. Boko haram is drowning hence this desperation. Vigilance and more vigilance and it will be all over.

  • mankind

    Useless JTF. I believe they are the ones doing these. If not, despite all the arrests JTF connot get to the roots.

  • Amos

    Who in their right mind would attack a primary school, come
    to think of it, who in their right mind would attack a place of worship? Only
    the Islamic terrorist sect – Boko Haram! That they have the affront to boast
    about this, as though it was normal human behavious is even more disturbing.
    The more you think about it, the more senseless it seems. These people have no
    moral compass, no integrity, no sense of right or wrong, and yet, they do all
    these in the name of a religion.

  • Good citizen

    ABU QADA IS DEAD AND THAT IS THE TRUTH. Boko haram is using fear factor to confuse Nigerians. Abu Qaga is dead and that is the truth. This tactics is similar to that of Nige Delta Mend using Jomo Gbomo as a signature. Anybody in the ranks can write from any part of the country and put the signature name Abu Qaga. Our resolve to tackle boko haram is not shaken. The northern political desperadoes will have themselves to blame. The idea of negotiating with boko haram will encourage more atrocity and eventually lead to asking for monetary settlement with which they will fight the state the more.