Islamist Extremist Group Threatens Media Houses

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The Islamist terror group, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihadl, better known as Boko Haram in an 18 minutes video posted online on July 8, 2016 threatened to attack media houses in Nigeria which it accused of reporting falsehood about it, among other things.

The extremist group named Voice of America (Hausa service), Radio France International (Hausa service), Punch, Daily Sun, Vanguard, The Guardian, Nation, Tribune, and National Accord, among others, as newspapers which they plan to attack.

In the video, the group explained why it carried out attacks against some media houses and why it is targeting others.

Of ThisDay newspapers, it said: “the paper was used in dishonouring our prophet, Mohammad (SAW) during a beauty pageant in Kaduna in November 2002”, adding it did not forgive the newspaper for that ‘offence’.

Boko Haram vowed to “continue these attacks until we drive them out of existence.”

It accused the media houses of having “committed a lot of offences that is detrimental to Islam, and we don’t have the power to forgive them”.

The Islamist group also accused VOA Hausa service of starting a campaign for people to support the government against the group by exposing them.