Boko Haram extremist sect leader Abubakar Shekau has described Monday’s bomb attack in Abuja – which he claims responsibility for – as a ‘tiny incident’ which would soon be followed by more attacks.
A screengrab taken on April 19, 2014, from a video obtained by AFP. The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria’s capital that killed at least 75 people, in a video message obtained by AFP on April 19.
The group released its new video to journalists in northeast Nigeria Saturday, hours after the AFP news agency published highlights of the clip.
In the video, Shekau admitted responsibility for the Nyanya bombing which officials say claimed more than 75 lives and injured over a hundred.
Witnesses and reporters, however, put the casualty figure far higher.
Shekau, who appeared in the video, as usual, clad in a military attire, with a long dark cap strapped with a dark turban, with an AK-47 rifle across his chest, spoke boastfully about the prowess of his group and how vulnerable the Nigerian nation is to him and his men.
He described the Nyanya blast as “tiny incident”, which according to him does not merit the global condemnation that it has generated.
He said the attack was just the beginning of more attacks on the nation, adding that it was a general reprisal for all the killing Muslims across the country and the world suffer “in the hands of infidels”.
Reading from a few pages of a white spiral-bounded papers held with his left hand, the deadly Boko Haram leader continued to point threateningly with a thick chewing stick held in his right hand.
Shekau heaped scorn, as usual, on President Jonathan whom he told in the video that his group have been within Abuja, yet they can never by found.