After suffering huge defeat from security forces, the Boko Haram sect has devised a new strategy in its operations.
According to Lamidi Adeosun, general officer commanding (GOC), 7 division of the Nigerian army, Maiduguri, the insurgents now strap bombs to birds.
Adeosun revealed this to American diplomats and security officials during the briefing at the headquarters of the multinational joint task force MNJTF) in Chad.
The Independent said the officer showed gruesome photos of the victims of Boko Haram’s attacks and their latest weapons.
“One picture showed a bird with an explosive strapped on its back, demonstrating a lot of ingenuity,” Independent said in its report.
Adeosun was quoted as saying his forces had received intelligence that ISIS members were being embedded with Boko Haram but that the Nigerian sect had not satisfied requirements for greater operational co-ordination.
In March 2015, Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, made a pledge of allegiance to ISIS, and urged those who shared the same ideology across Africa to take such step.
The move was a major coup for the so-called Islamic State, which renamed its affiliate Wilāyat Gharb Ifrīqīyyah (West Africa Province).
After expanding its violent campaign from Nigeria to Chad, Niger and Cameroon, Boko Haram was named the deadliest terror group in the world last year.