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Boko Haram wing tied to IS marks resurgence by kidnapping oil workers

23:35 EDT 2 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Boko Haram wing tied to IS marks resurgence by kidnapping oil workersBy Alexis Akwagyiram LAGOS (Reuters) - A Boko Haram faction with ties to Islamic State and responsible for the kidnapping of a Nigerian oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed has become a deadly force capable of carrying out highly-organised attacks. Nigerian government forces have focused on crushing the best-known branch of the Islamist militant group whose leader Abubakar Shekau has led an eight-year insurgency to create an Islamic state in the northeast which has killed thousands. At least 37 people, including members of the team, rescuers from the military and vigilantes, died last week when security forces tried to free those being held by the Boko Haram faction led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi who is trying to thwart government efforts to explore for oil in the Lake Chad Basin.


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