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Does This Video Show Boko Haram Terrorists Attacking Nigerian Governor Zulum?

Does This Video Show Boko Haram Terrorists Attacking Nigerian Governor Zulum?

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A tweet published on September 28 claims to show a video of Boko Haram terrorists attacking Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum. The same video was also shared on the AllroundgistNews Twitter account.

Background

Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group in Nigeria.

According to a BBC report, Boko Haram was founded in 2002 and launched militant operations in 2009. Boko Haram was formed with the aim of creating an Islamic state by overthrowing the Nigerian government. “Boko Haram regards the Nigerian state as being run by non-believers, regardless of whether the president is a Muslim or not. It has extended its military campaign by targeting neighbouring states,” states the BBC report. In 2013, the United States declared Boko Haram a terrorist organization.

The militant group has been responsible for multiple attacks, including those in the neighbouring states of NigerChad and Cameroon. Boko Haram’s abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in April 2014 particularly caught global attention and attracted international intervention.

Boko Haram’s most recent attack took place on September 25. According to a statement from the Defence Headquarters, 18 people died in the attack which involved a convoy of the Borno State Civilians Relocation Committee. Four soldiers and ten policemen were among those who died.

report by AFP reveals that Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum was part of the convoy which had been transporting internally displaced persons affected by terrorism. The report adds that Governor Zulum was not harmed in the attack.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar condemned the September 25 attack.

This would not be the first time the governor had been attacked by the militant group, as his convoy was also attacked on July 29, 2020, in Baga town, of Borno State which is also part of the places where Boko Haram militants planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the September 25 attack.

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Verification

While the Borno State Governor was indeed recently attacked by Boko Haram militants, the videos published on Twitter on September 28 do not show what took place in the September 25 attack in Nigeria.

Google image reverse search reveals that the video is actually from Kenya.

According to a KTN report, the video shows police officers dispersing a crowd in Mumias County on January 18, 2020.

 

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