The Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, also known also referred to as Boko Haram has explained the reasons behind the bomb attack that killed over 150 people in Kano on Friday. As the bombs boomed, the Islamist militants ensured that leaflets were dropped at every bombed location explaining why the city came under attack. The English translation of the leaflet reads:
In the name of God the most Beneficent and the Merciful
We are those who are commonly known with the forbidden name “Boko Haram”
while everyone know our true name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad).
A message to the people of Kano; You should know that the security services in the city of Kano have been using a trick to arrest our brothers while telling those who reside in the area that they are thieves or armed robbers. You should know that it is our brothers they have been arresting.
We have no intention of harming the citizens of Kano as long as they do not confront us. Our fight is against the government that is waging war against Islam, The security services and the Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N)-an organization that has been killing Muslims and even perpetrated cannibalism by eating their flesh. In addition, we fight anyone who helps the above listed to wage war against us even if he/she is a Muslim.
In conclusion, any one that aid in the arrest of our brother should await his own.
A message from the leader of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad
Imam Abu Muhammad Abubakar BinMuhammad (Shekau)