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The Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly threatened to launch bomb attacks against the Nigerian capital Abuja. reports citing to PressTV in a video obtained by Sahara Reporters, a US-based journalism website, a man calling himself a Boko Haram militant said "more bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja."

On May 3, civilian and security sources in Nigeria claimed that Abubakar Shekau, the terror group's ringleader, had sustained injuries less than a week earlier when Nigerian Air Force warplanes bombarded a gathering of militants in Balla village in the northeastern province of Borno.

Boko Haram is predominantly active in the restive Borno province, its birthplace, and the capital is almost beyond its reach. However, Nigeria's Department of State Services, the country's state security agency, announced in April that it had foiled plans by the terror group to assault the UK and US embassies in Abuja.

Boko Haram terrorists started their reign of terror in 2009 with the aim of toppling the Nigerian government. In their heyday in early 2015, they managed to control an area in the country’s northeast as vast as Belgium but lost most of that territory over the past year as a multinational task force, comprised of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, launched a campaign in February 2016 to eradicate the militant group.

2017.05.13 / 09:00
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