Nigerian town seized by Boko Haram 'part of Islamic caliphate': leader

A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram shows leader Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech at an undisclosed locationBoko Haram’s leader said a northeast town seized by the insurgents earlier this month has been placed under an Islamic caliphate, in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday. “Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate,” Abubakar Shekau said in the 52-minute video.

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