Report from CNN says Boko Haram fighters have crossed borders to seek specialized terror training from Al Shabaab fighters (terrorist group fighting against Somalia federal government) in Somalia.
The Somalia’s national security chief, General Abdirahman Sheikh Issa Mohamed, told this to a CNN anchor. He said the Nigerian terror group were trained on how to carry out suicide attacks and build weaponry in Al Shabaab training camps.
Mohamed, who is the national security adviser to Somalia’s president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, said that Boko Haram members were trained in the country between 2010 and 2012 in south central Somalia, areas previously controlled by Al-Shabaab.
We believe that the two violent extremist groups share more values and interest here in Africa than their mother group (ISIS and Al-Qaeda) would.
Like the Al Shabaab, Boko Haram also aims to impose Islamic law, or Sharia, in Nigeria and regularly carries out deadly attacks in the country’s north.
However, some experts believe Boko Haram’s hold in the region has weakened considerably after an intensive campaign by the Nigerian military, forcing them to change their tactics.
As stated by Senator Shehu Sani:
The group now has a guerrilla strategy.
The capacity of the group to take territories has seriously been threatened with the onslaught by the Nigerian military, it’s impossible for them to take territories and their response is in line with the way Al Shabaab operates.
He also added,
They now have to stay in remote locations and go after soft targets such as schools and shopping malls.