A new insurgent group known as Nassiruddeen Li Ahlil Jihad Alal Kitab Was Sunnah, or Islamic Victors Committed to Qur’an and Sunnah, yesterday claimed that it had taken possession of a large cache of weapons following its attack on military barracks in Munguno in Borno State recently.
The head of the new group, Abu Muhammed Ibn Muhammed Abubakar Al-Shakawi, in a YouTube message, said that the weapons, which he displayed, were hauled from the military barracks sacked by adherents of the group.
Agitated and visibly excited, Al-Shakawi gesticulated in the film as he was being cheered on by his followers, who shouted “Allahu Akbar”, meaning “God is great”, and showed off the cache of arms and ammunition.
The footage showed several M16 rifles, AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers, boxes of ammunition, various sizes of bullets and other assorted weapons. The group’s leader estimated that there were about 30,000 pieces of AK-47 bullets on display.
“We thank Allah who gave us the wisdom and ability to uplift his religion. I bring you good tidings from our escapade at Munguno where, with God’s guidance, we were able to subdue the soldiers and drive them away,” Al-Shakawi explained. “This is indeed a great success. We are very happy with the development. We burnt the premises and they (the soldiers) took to their heels, so we carted away these guns and ammunition. This is indeed a great feat that we accomplished.”
he film, which appears to show the sect on a wide expanse of desert, the weapons al-Shakawi claimed they took from the soldiers were scattered on the ground while he was surrounded by the adherents of the group equally wearing army fatigue uniform.
Al-Shakawi’s said: “Peace be unto you my co-Jihadist. I thank Allah once again for giving us this opportunity. God has blessed us with arms and we are very happy because we went there (the barracks) to test their ability and they (the soldiers) ran away.”
“This is just the beginning,” he continued, directing the camera man to capture the guns, “even though I will not give details of how many we have got.”
He urged his viewers to take a closer look at the weapons and decide for themselves how many guns were there. He corroborated one of his followers who shouted that the army claimed they killed 20 of them, but said they were not killed but martyred.
“I want to categorically state that the claim of the soldiers that they killed 20 of us is a fabrication. Some of us were martyred, but those who were martyred are not up to 20.”
This development is coming in the wake of the federal government setting up a committee to seek ways of curbing terrorism in the north and granting amnesty to the Boko Haram insurgents.
Ahlul Jihad is the third known belligerent sectarian group that has emerged since the beginning of the current spate of violence began in 2001.The second group that sprang up was the Ansarul Musliminafi Biladil Sudan.
A closer look at the video, Hope For Nigeria suggest that it must have been taken in the deep desert of Mali or Chad. The claim of attacking an army formation may not be accurate as there have not been any news or confirmation of a similar attack since Jaji attack, in Kaduna.