The Commander of a multinational force fighting the Islamist insurgents, Boko Haram, Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, has revealed that the sect has now resorted to strapping bombs to birds as it continues to develop more deadly weapons for its bloody attacks.
According to The Independent, a United Kingdom newspaper, Adeosun revealed the discovery at a meeting with American diplomats and security officials during a briefing at the headquarters of the multinational joint task force MNJTF) in Chad.
According to The Cable,the officer showed gruesome photos of the victims of Boko Haram’s attacks and their latest weapons.
One picture showed a bird with an explosive strapped on its back, demonstrating “a lot of ingenuity,” the Independent revealed in its report.
Adeosun was quoted saying his force had received intelligence that ISIS members were being imbedded with Boko Haram but that the Nigerian terrorist group had not satisfied requirements for greater operational coordination.
Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, made a pledge of allegiance to Isis in March last year and released a message, urging its fellow sub-Saharan Jihadists to do the same, further increasing the group’s reach.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has advised the members of the public to refrain from moves to organise solidarity rallies to celebrate the recent successes of the military against the Boko Haram sect in the North-East.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Thursday that while the army was not against the public’s desire to associate with the successes of the military, it would not want such solidarity rallies.
Usman said that the army authorities had received information that some people were planning to celebrate the current victories against the insurgents through rallies.
He said that it was necessary for the public to exhibit some caution as such rallies could distract the military.
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