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Boko Haram leader proclaims 'Islamic caliphate' in Nigeria town: new video

Published on Aug 24, 2014 10:01 PM
 

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Boko Haram's leader said he has created an Islamic caliphate in a north-east Nigeria town seized by the insurgents earlier this month, in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday.

"Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate," Abubakar Shekau said in the 52-minute video.

He declared that Gwoza, in Borno state, now has "nothing to do with Nigeria".

"By the grace of Allah we will not leave the town. We have come to stay," said Shekau, who has been designated a global terrorist by the United States and sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

 A screengrab taken on Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram shows the leader of the group Abubakar Shekau delivering a speech at an undisclosed location. Boko Haram's leader said in the video that he has created an Islamic caliphate in a north-east Nigeria town seized by the insurgents earlier this month. -- PHOITO: AFP
 
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