The Straits Times
Published on Aug 24, 2014

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


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.