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Catch me if you can, taunts leader of Boko Haram


 Abubakar Shekau

Abubakar Shekau


Abubakar Shekau

The leader of Boko Haram taunted the "kings of Africa" yesterday, boasting of their failure to halt his campaign including the latest massacre in a Nigerian town.

"The kings of Africa - you are late! I challenge you to attack me even now: I'm ready," said Abubakar Shekau, the self-styled "emir" of the radical Islamist movement that kills thousands of Africans every month.

Boko Haram captured the Nigerian town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on January 7, killing hundreds of people.

Satellite photos released by Amnesty International showed that large areas of the town were razed.

In a video message posted on YouTube, Shekau said that massacring the people of Baga was an act of divine vengeance.

"We killed the people of Baga. We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book," said Shekau.

The video showed him standing in front of four white pick-up trucks. At least seven masked men with Kalashnikov assault rifles appeared in the background.

Shekau was shown wearing a camouflage jacket, with his face uncovered and an assault rifle slung across his chest. He spoke in poor Arabic, so rudimentary that the video carried Arabic subtitles.

Boko Haram's fighters have seized control of about 20,000 square miles of northern Nigeria. Shekau is believed to have set up his headquarters in the town of Gwoza near the Mandara Mountains. He has made a mockery of President Goodluck Jonathan, who has done nothing to rein him in. (© Daily Telegraph London)