Cape Town - Boko Haram's insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria may link the Islamic extremist movement to the global militant network, an expert warned on Monday.
“I am convinced that there is some kind of outreach between al-Qaeda and the Maghreb... people talk about formal training for Boko Haram and operatives in Sudan but also Somalia,” Ola Bello, of the SA Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), told the Cape Town Press Club.
“I think I will give more credence to this sort of view today than three years ago, so I think there is some global link.”
Bello said he believed Boko Haram foresaw and intended the international outrage and media coverage its abduction of 276
school girls in April created.