A factory of explosive devices was hidden by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram on the premises of a fertilizer company in the town of Buni Yadi, Yobe state. Officials report that soldiers found suicide bomber vests, improvised explosives and other ammunition, in large quantities. The materials are still being evacuated.
The town of Buni Yadi was conquered by the terrorists in August, along with many other north-eastern Nigerian territories. It took military troops several months to regain control of the area, because the Boko Haram extremists placed bombs along the highway as they left, which made it difficult for the soldiers to go further. Four of them lost their lives during the recapturing of the town, which happened last week. On Friday, soldiers searched the bomb factory and found a lot of explosive devices, mostly suicide bomber vests.
This is revealed after Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), declared last Saturday by Boko Harams’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, was accepted by the head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The welcoming of the African terrorist organization within the larger extremist group of ISIS became public through a 28-minute audio message that Abu Mohammed al Adnani, supposedly a spokesman for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi himself, delivered on Friday. The ISIS messenger (the authenticity of whose message is yet unconfirmed by large news trusts like CNN) congratulated the Boko Haram fighters, considering them the “jihadi brothers” of ISIS extremists.
Boko Haram has been responsible for several very barbaric acts of terrorism, including the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls who have not been found since April, as well as terrible attacks on police stations, schools, churches, and mosques which were not in their network. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, children who were kidnapped by the terrorists of Boko Haram and rescued by the Nigerian military in November, after some years in their camp were traumatized so severely that they couldn’t remember their mother tongue or even their names. If the Nigerian troops manage to defeat the terrorists and force their retreat, many more children might be abandoned by the extremist group, but the officials are seriously worried about the physical and psychical damage that these children have suffered and that will most probably affect them for life. Boys as young as 12 were already trained to fight and many girls were forced into marriage.
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