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Boko Haram voices support for ISIS’ Baghdadi

Nigeria's Boko Haram chief has voiced support for ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a new video. (Reuters)

The head of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists, Abubakar Shekau, has voiced support for the extremist Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, which has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria, in a new video seen Sunday.

"My brethren... may Allah protect you," Shekau said in the video given to AFP, listing ISIS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri and Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

In the video, Shekau also claimed responsibility for a June 25 bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack hours later in Lagos which the authorities tried to cover up.

In the 16-minute video, he also mocks the social media campaign Bring Back Our Girls which emerged to call attention to the plight of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped on April 14 by the Islamists from the remote northeastern town of Chibok.

"We were the ones who detonated the bomb in filthy Abuja," Shekau said, referring to the attack a popular shopping center that killed at least 22 people.

Later that day, a huge blast rocked the Apapa port district of Lagos, which the authorities blamed on cooking gas explosion, with no casualties.

An AFP investigation has revealed the blast was a deliberate attack involving high explosives.

"A bomb went off in Lagos. I ordered (the bomber) who went and detonated it," Shekau says in the video, which shows him flanked by at least ten gunmen in front of two armoured personnel carriers and two pickup trucks.

"You said it was a fire incident," he added. "Well, if you hide it from people you can't hide it from Allah."

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Last Update: Sunday, 13 July 2014 KSA 21:10 - GMT 18:10
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