The Boko Haram sect on Monday claimed responsibility for recent attacks that left scores dead in Baga and Bama in Borno States. An attack on Bama left 55 people, including soldiers, policemen and prison officials dead. The claim was made by the leader of the sect, Mallam Abubakar Shekau in a 12-minute video which also showed some women and children held hostage by the terrorist sect.
In the video, Shekau who sat on a rug had an AK-47 behind him as he spoke in Hausa language. He said “we are the ones that carried out the Bama attack. We also carried out the attack in Baga”. Shekau however accused the Joint Task Force of moving in after the attack to kill innocent people. “It was you, the security agents that went into the town the following day to burn houses and kill people.”
In the 7th minute of the video, Shekau appeared with some women and children who he said are hostages being held in retaliation for the wives and children of Boko Haram members being held by security operatives. He said “as long as we do not see our women and children, we will not release these women and children.”
While Baga residents as well as the media reported 185 deaths after the clash between soldiers and members of the Boko Haram sect, the Joint Task Force claimed only 37 people died during the clash.