Monday, July 15, 2013
Boko Haram Denies Cease-fire Agreement With FG.
Abubakar Shekau, in a video message sent to reporters today, denied claims by Nigerian Minister of Special Duties Kabiru Turaki this week that a cease-fire was reached on July 8 after talks with the group's deputy leader, Mohammed Marwan.
"Let me assure you that we will not enter into any truce with these infidels," Shekau said. "We will not enter into any truce with the Nigerian government."
The purported cease-fire came in effect two days after 20 students and a teacher were killed in an attack on a secondary school in the northeastern state of Yobe. Eli Lazarus, a spokesman for the joint military and police task force in Yobe, said the attack was probably carried out by Boko Haram.
"We believe in the massacre inflicted on the secondary school in Mamudo and Damaturu and other schools; we earlier warned that we are going to burn all schools," Shekau said. "They are schools purposely built to fight Islam."