Should Nigeria brace up for a Paris-style attack following a statement by the Islamic State, IS, yesterday mentioning Nigeria while claiming responsibility for coordinated attacks in different parts of the French capital on Friday?
IS had in an online statement distributed by supporters on Saturday, said eight militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns carried out the attack on precisely selected areas in Paris.
Though IS did not say much about Nigeria apart from a mention in a post on its blog, the fact that Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the blood-thirsty group, means it cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand.
The statement, posted on IS’s blog, according to a tweet by TRACterrorisim.org, reads, “O people crusaders: when you deploy forces in order to control the city Saladin and dreaming of Mosul, Sinjar, Haul, Tikrit or Huwaijah or dreaming Mayadin or Jarablus or Karmah or Tel Abyad or Al Qaim or Darnah or dream to reclaim the wilderness in the interior Nigeria or master ‘Asy’asy Sinai desert sand, then surel, WE just want ROME and PARIS Insyallah before before ANDALUSIA (UKK)”.
It would be recalled that 130 people were killed and over 180 injured in the bloody attacks, which French President, Francois Hollande, has described as an “an act of war”.