Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau declared an Islamic caliphate in the northeastern town of Gwoza in Borno State in northern Nigeria, as reported Tuesday at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Shekau also taunted France, Israel and the United States in a video released over the weekend, where he proclaimed, “[Y]ou are all pagans and we will kill you, even if you do not attack us we will kill you…Allah commands us to kill without pity.”
Last month, the brazen leader praised the Islamic State for it’s advances in Iraq and Syria. Reminiscent of videos released by ISIS, the Boko Haram video highlights men being executed as they lie face-down in the dirt.
Shekau was thrust onto the world stage after kidnapping hundreds of girls from a Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State. The kidnappings sparked an international campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls.”