Boko Haram has renamed itself Islamic State in West Africa, thinks they’re distinct groups

Oh, this is embarrassing. Boko Haram renamed itself the Islamic State in West Africa last April, after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. But the renowned and revered Reuters news organization doesn’t know that, and thinks that Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa are two distinct groups: “President Muhammadu Buhari had blamed Boko Haram…But militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they had conducted the suicide bombings, according to the statement. The authenticity of the statement, which did not mention Boko Haram and was issued under the name Islamic State West Africa, could not be verified.”

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Neither can Reuters’ reliability as a news source. But after all, this is the mainstream media that steadfastly refuses to report honestly about the ideology behind the jihad threat and constantly obfuscates its magnitude, so what do you expect?

Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind suicide bombings near the Nigerian capital Abuja which killed at least 15 people, a statement on Twitter said on Sunday.

On Friday, suicide bombers attacked two suburbs of Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari had blamed Boko Haram, which has waged a six-year campaign to carve out an Islamist state in northern Nigeria, for the Abuja attack.

But militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they had conducted the suicide bombings, according to the statement. The authenticity of the statement, which did not mention Boko Haram and was issued under the name Islamic State West Africa, could not be verified.

It named three suicide bombers who it said were behind the attacks, the statement said.

In May, the leader of the Islamic State militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq accepted a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram, according to his spokesman.

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