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Metro ISIS-Induced Inferiority Complex? Analysts Say Shekau Trying to "Get Media Attention"


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Analysts have drawn up a theory that Boko Haram's declaration of an islamic caliphate may be an attention-seeking strategy in the wake of corollary activities by the infamous Islamic State (ISIS) of Iraq.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who has previously expressed support for IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, did not give further details, leading to debate about exactly what he meant.

Analysts suggested that IS may have inspired his statement after grabbing international headlines in recent months by seizing parts of Iraq and Syria in a brutal onslaught.

The United States has described the group as the strongest-ever Islamist threat with its “apocalyptic end of days” ideology.

Boko Haram in comparison is thought to be a modestly-funded local uprising made up of poor youths with little tactical training.

By evoking a Nigerian caliphate, experts suggested Shekau was trying to raise his own profile rather than submit to like-minded extremists in the Middle East.

“I think right now Shekau’s moves are coming from a desire to emulate IS,” said David Cook, a religious studies professor at Rice University in Houston who studies Boko Haram.

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