The new leader of the dreaded sects,
Abu Musab al-Barnawi, has reportedly threatened to bomb churches and kill
Christians while promising to end attacks on mosques and markets used by
following reports from Japan Times, indicates in an interview published on Wednesday by the
Islamic State group, had al-Barnawi declaring a major shift in strategy for the
Nigerian extremists that have killed many more Muslims than Christians in
attacks in mosques with suicide bombers and gunmen.
He was quoted to have said there is
a Western plot to Christianize the region and accused charities of using their
aid for that.
As translated on SITE Intelligence
Group in the Islamic State newspaper, al-Nabaa, the newspaper identified
al-Barnawi as the new ‘Wali,’ or governor, of its West Africa Province. The
‘Wali’ title was previously used to describe long-time Boko Haram leader,
Intelligence quotes the new leader as saying,
“Under my leadership the militants will work to seize back territory.
Increasing numbers of youth are joining the cause, though Nigeria’s military
reports that hundreds of its fighters have surrendered as aerial bombardments
and ground assaults cut supply routes.
“There have been attacks on crowded
marketplaces in predominantly Muslim areas and the killings and kidnappings of
“The targeting of students accounts
for its nickname Boko Haram, which means Western education is sinful or