Threatens to go after VOA staff members

Islamist sect, Boko Haram, on Thursday, claimed responsibility for the several co-ordinated attacks on telecommunication facilities in Borno, Yobe, Kano and Bauchi states.

The group said the attacks were carried out because the companies are assisting the federal government and security agencies in tracking and arresting members of their group in many parts of the country.

The attacks have affected business transactions in the affected places, and many employees of the telecommunication companies have fled.

A statement written in Hausa and signed by Abul-Qaqa also threatened attacks on the facilities of the Voice of America (VOA), its correspondents and staff.

“Our ultimate goal is the establishment of an Islamic State in Nigeria and we would not hesitate in taking punitive measures against anybody who sabotages or assists others that are sabotaging our efforts,” Qaqa said.

“This is why we are fighting the Nigerian government and its collaborators, including telecommunication companies. We would continue attacking them (telecoms) until the time they stop releasing information about our activities.

“We have also established that through its various programmes, the VOA has launched a campaign of calumny against Islam. We have resolved to fight back by tracking and killing its employees. Any employee of the VOA that wants to remain alive must quit.”

It will be recalled no less than 20 telecommunication masts of various mobile operators have been attacked and set ablaze in Maiduguri and Bama in Borno State, Kano State, and Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe State.

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