A man purporting to be a Boko Haram fighter said the group plans to bomb Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, in a video seen by Reuters on Saturday. …

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Freed Boko Haram fighter says group ready to attack Abuja

A man purporting to be a Boko Haram fighter said the group plans to bomb Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, in a video seen by Reuters on Saturday.

The man who gave his name as Abu Dardaa confirmed that he was arrested in Gombe State after detonating bombs. He said he had returned to his ‘brothers’ in the Sambisa forest and that they were ready to begin attacks.

"More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja that you feel is secured" said the man in the video, which was obtained by Sahara Reporters, a U.S.-based journalism website, and Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida.

More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja that you feel is secured.

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the video. The man spoke in the Hausa language widely used in northern Nigeria and held a rifle while flanked by four other armed men.

He dismissed claims that the Army had driven the group out of the forest and that they had not been defeated as President Buhari and the Army Chief continue to proclaim.

Priscilla Wolmer
Directrice de la rédaction