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Nigerian army memo warns of large-scale terror attacks

Leaked document comes 2 days after Boko Haram threatened 'mother of all attacks'

Rafiu Oriyomi Ajakaye   | 10.08.2016
Nigerian army memo warns of large-scale terror attacks

Lagos

By Rafiu Ajakaye

LAGOS, Nigeria

Boko Haram militants are planning large-scale “imminent” attacks on government targets across Nigeria, a military memo leaked on Wednesday warned.

“Information at the disposal of this headquarters strongly points to plans by Boko Haram terrorist group to attack various locations in different parts of the country,” the document dated Aug. 5 said, according to news website Sahara Reporters.

Anadolu Agency was unable to immediately verify the memo.

The revelation of the memo came two days after Boko Haram threatened to carry out the “mother of all attacks” against the capital Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari and his military chiefs.

The memo, signed by a Col. S. Sulaiman on behalf of Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said: “The targeted areas include but are not limited to police stations, prison facilities, schools and market places. Details show that the terrorists intend to target police stations in Abuja, Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto states while prisons facilities will be attacked in Adamawa state.”

It added: “In view of the following, I am directed to inform you of this imminent threat and respectfully request that you take all necessary proactive measures to prevent Boko Haram terrorists from carrying out these heinous acts.”

Two factions within Boko Haram -- one loyal to ultraviolent Abubakar Shekau and the other to Daesh-sanctioned leader Abu Musab Al-Barnawy -- have threatened massive attacks against Nigeria and across the Lake Chad region recently.

Boko Haram’s insurgency in the area has seen more than 20,000 people killed and 2.3 million displaced since 2009.

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