Less than 48 hours after the federal government through the National Coordinator of the Counterterrorism Centre in Nigeria retired Major General Sarkin-Yaki Bello during an interactive session with top US military personnel called on the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau to publicly renounce violence and get amnesty, a splinter group that emerged from Boko Haram less than one year ago with the name Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan had in an exclusive email to DESERT HERALD claim responsibility of the abduction of seven expatriates in Bauchi last Sunday. It would be recalled that Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan had claim responsibility of similar coordinated attacks largely using their intelligence network on the Police Anti-Terrorist Headquarters in the Nigeria’s capital city Abuja in Garki on 26th November, 2012 and succeeded too in attacking Nigerian troops that were sent to Mali on 19th January, 2013. The attacks on the Nigerian troops to Mali and Sunday’s (17th February, 2013) attack that led to the abduction of French and Lebanese citizens that work for Setraco, a construction company is barely one month interval.
In their first press release which was also sent exclusively to DESERT HERALD email, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan said they emerged out of injustice being meted against Islam and Muslims and said unlike the Boko Haram sect that largely restricted their operations against the members of the security agencies and attacks on government formations across the north, “ we have declared war against foreign nationals and their interest in all parts of Africa because they are enemies of Islam and Muslims”. So far, the new sect has successfully carried a number of terrorism related attacks and their leadership even though has not yet been known by anybody remained at large.
Ansarul’s message and claim of responsibility was again endorsed by one Abu Usamatal Ansary who said he is their leader. Ansary was the one that signed previous releases of the sect with a promise to carry much more attacks against western interests and nationals. Ansary in the exclusive email said “by Allah’s grace Jamaatu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladissudan have the custody of seven persons, which include Lebanese and their European counterparts working with Setraco in Nigeria on 8th of Rabiul Thani, 1434 equivalent to 17th February, 2013”.
Base on the transgression and atrocities done to the religion of Allah SWT by the European countries in many places such as Afghanistan and Mali etc. By Allah’s grace Jamaatu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladissudan have the custody of seven persons, which include Lebanese and their European counterparts working with Setraco in Nigeria on 8th of Rabiul Thani, 1434 equivalent to 7th February, 2013.
It is stressed that any attempt or act contrary to our condition by the European Nations or by the Nigerian Government will lead to the happenings as it was in the previous attempt.
Abu Usamatal Ansary