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Islamic State leader accepts allegiance of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram

BEIRUT - The leader of the Islamic State militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq has accepted a pledge of allegiance from Nigerian Islamists Boko Haram, his spokesman said in an audio message transmitted on Thursday.
"Our caliph, God save him, has accepted the pledge of loyalty of our brothers of Boko Haram so we congratulate Muslims and our jihadi brothers in West Africa," Abu Mohammad al-Adnani said, referring to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.He called on Muslims who could not join the fight in Syria and Iraq to enter combat in Africa instead.
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