By: Austin Lin
In Nigeria a new terrorist islamic group that has ties to Al Qaeda is forming called Ansaru. The group comes from a previous terrorist term called Boko Haram. Ansaura came to be last week on April 10th, when the Nigerian Military claimed they have captured their commander which is on the U.S. State’s wanted list which is up for a $5Million capture payment.
Ansaru has been classified as terrorist by both United States and the United Nations as well as other countries. Ansaru means “Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa”. The independent organization claims to conduct attacks against Westerners in northern Nigeria. The main goals of Ansaru is to protect the Muslim people from the Nigerian government and international interest.
Boko Haram has tied itself to Al Qaeda last year and Ansaru has taken the name of “Nigeria’s Al Qaeda franchise”.
The Nigerian Military claimed to capture Khalid al-Barnawi, the commander of Boko Haram on April 2nd, 2016. If this statement is true it will be a true victory to not only the security forces of Nigeria but also internationally.
Security analyst Fulan Nasrullah from Nigeria have said "Khalid's people and I have spoken and they have said that he is free and was not captured," and also said "They have no photos of him, nor do they know any concrete information about him."
The State Department has little information on the total members apart of Ansaru but noted operations within the organization. State Department said "given its narrower scope of operations, it is estimated that Ansaru's membership is much smaller than that of Boko Haram's."
The difference between Boko Haram and Ansaru is that the Ansaru are more educated and trained more strictly. Some people who are in Ansaru have been trained by AQIM(Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). AQIM is a terrorist organization that claims to overthrow the Algerian government and turn it into a Islamic state. Ansaru history is not that bad compared to Boko Haram.
Ansaru is known for high profile kidnappings. There are claims that they have kidnaped construction workers from all different countries and killed them.
Ansaru rapidly faded away from Boko Haram for other reasons such as the bad leadership of Khalid. Also, Ansaru is not fond of killing other Muslims. As the past year, Ansaru has become quieter and quieter. It was just now, they have came back on the news.