Nigeria: Elections postponed after Islamic State murders 42 in attack on governor’s election convoy

Jihad Watch | 2/16/2019 | Christine Douglass-Williams
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“The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram offshoot, claimed responsibility for a deadly attack this week on a state governor’s election motorcade in Nigeria that may have involved some beheadings days before people in the African country head to the polls on Saturday.”

And now the elections have been postponed.

Intimidation - Root - Jihad

Intimidation is at the root of jihad. And this shows why: it works.

Last month, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria issued a security alert for American citizens, warning that Boko Haram and its offshoot ISWAP are planning to “disrupt” the elections. Soon after, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration accused members of the opposition of mobilizing the jihadis to disrupt the general elections with “massive attacks” in several states.

Nigeria - Islamic - State - Claims - Deadly

“Nigeria: Islamic State Claims Deadly Attack on Governor’s Election Convoy,” by Edwin Mora, Breitbart, February 15, 2019:

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram offshoot, claimed responsibility for a deadly attack this week on a state governor’s election motorcade in Nigeria that may have involved some beheadings days before people in the African country head to the polls on Saturday.

Fighting - Attackers - Soldiers - CJTF - Civilian

“There was heavy fighting between the attackers and the soldiers and CJTF [Civilian Joint Task Force],” a member of the civilian force told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency on condition of anonymity.

Although core Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria accepted Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance in 2015, ISWAP broke away from the Nigeria-based terrorist group in 2016 over leadership differences, prompting some in the U.S. government to treat the groups as separate entities.

Wednesday - Amaq - News - Agency - Responsibility

On Wednesday, the pro-ISIS Amaq news agency claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of ISWAP, claiming the terrorist group had killed 42 people in Tuesday’s attack on the election convoy of the governor of Borno state, the birthplace of Boko Haram.

Reuters, however, learned from unnamed Nigerian...
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