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Boko Haram leader, Shekau, threatens oil region

Lagos, Nigeria - Leader of Nigeria's violent Islamic sect Boko Haram, Ibrahim Shekau, has released a new video in which he threatened to attack Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region.

In the 28-minute video in which he spoke in the local Hausa language as well as Arabic, he also claimed responsibility for the recent killing of a prominent Islamic cleric, Auwal Albani.

“Niger Delta you are in trouble. (President Goodluck) Jonathan you are in trouble,” he said in the video, which was made available to a select number of journalists in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State which is seen as the spiritual base of the Islamic sect.

He said the sect would blow up oil installations in the Niger Delta, without giving further details.

Shekau, who was dressed in a military fatigue and surrounded by an armoured tank and gun-totting fighters, railed against democracy and threatened to kill all those who believe in it, including prominent northern political and traditional leaders.

“We killed Albani of Zaria. We killed Albani of Zaria. Shekau killed Albani of Zaria...The reason why I will kill you is you are infidels, you follow democracy...Whoever follows democracy is an infidel...What makes you infidels is democracy and constitution and western education,” he said

'We enjoy shedding their blood. The Koran must be supreme, we must establish Islam in this country. Not only in Borno, we will henceforth destroy any schools wherever we see them,” the Boko Haram leader added.

Last year, Nigeria's military authorities claimed to have killed Shekau, only for him to resurface. He has since released four videos.

Though the federal government has put Borno and two other states - Adamawa and Yobe - under a state of emergency and deployed thousands of troops to the area, the sect has continued to carry out deadly attacks that have left hundreds dead.

In the latest of such attacks on Wednesday, 47 people were killed in Bama in Borno by gunmen who also burnt several buildings, including the palace of the traditional ruler.

The latest killings came a few hours after the Nigerian government said it was winning the battle against the insurgents.

Pana 20/02/2014