MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Nigerian militant group Boko Haram renamed itself, adopting the name “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” (ISWAP), The Independent newspaper reported Sunday.
Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants, which the ISIL accepted on March 13, calling it an “expansion of caliphate to West Africa.”
- Abubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria pledges allegiance to ISIL© Photo : https://twitter.com/alraqqawi
- A picture taken on February 13, 2015 shows the village Nougboua after it was attacked by Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels© AFP 2020 / STEPHANE YAS
- This picture taken on November 12, 2014 in front of the military base of Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria, shows a Boko Haram's tank destroyed by Cameroonian soldiers during an attack againts the military base by the Islamic fighters on October 15, 2014.© AFP 2020 / REINNIER KAZE
The Boko Haram initiated military operations in Nigeria in 2009, to impose Islamic rule in the country. The militant group, notorious for mass killings and kidnappings, currently operates on the border of four Western African countries: Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.