Two days ago, Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State.
“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph… and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease. We call upon Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the Caliph.” – said an English translation of Boko Haram’s audio broadcast in Arabic.
Boko Haram is the latest ISIL addition. The group already has working “franchises” in Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Africa.
In September of 2014, an Algerian jihadist group made its entrance onto the scene of international jihadism after the murder of French tourist Herve Gourdel in Kabylie. Ten days prior to that incident, the group announced their allegiance to al-Baghdadi and promised to provide the Caliph with “men who will follow orders,” Le Monde said.
In November of last year, Egyptian jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis became another Islamic State ally based out of Africa. The group was responsible for numerous attacks against the Egyptian government, mostly in the Sinai Peninsula and the Nile Delta. A little over a month ago, the terrorists launched a series of deadly attacks in the city of Arish, killing 27 people.
“This [Boko Haram’s merge with the Islamic State] is not a new recruitment for the Islamic State. Militants already existed in Africa well before the Islamic State… All they expect now is more visibility and perhaps financial support,” Buyoya said, commenting on the whole recruitment process of the Islamic State in Africa.