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Exclusive: Boko Haram's 'Holy War' on Nigeria

Boko Haram is threatening to turn Nigeria into an Islamic emirate. The sophistication of their attacks has many worried over the group's links to global terrorists. Read Transcript


Reporter: 250 MILES

FROM THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL OF

NABUJA, IT IS THE EPICENTER

OF BOKO HARAM'S HOLY WAR

AGAINST THE COUNTRY.

I REALLY WOULD PREFER NOT

TO TALK ABOUT BOKO HARAM'S

ACTIVITIES.

THEY MAKE ME VERY

UNCOMFORTABLE.

Reporter: IS THAT

BECAUSE YOU'RE AFRAID?

OF COURSE, EVERYBODY IS

AFRAID.

WE'RE ALL LIVING IN FEAR.

Reporter: ON

JANUARY 20th, OVER 100

BOKO HARAM'S MILITANTS

LAUNCHED THEIR DEADLY

ATTACKS.

THEY KILLED 185 PEOPLE AND

INJURING MANY OTHERS.

AND THIS IS CARNO TODAY,

SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER THAT

DEADLY EXPLOSION BY BOKO

HARAM.

THIS IS A CITY ON EDGE.

YOU HAVE THE POLICE, AS WELL

AS THE NIGERIAN ARMY

PATROLLING OF STREETS,

SETTING UP NUMEROUS CHECK

PINTS IN CHECK-POINTS IN A

WAY TO TRY TO PROTECT THIS

CITY.

WHAT THIS GROUP IS DOING

TO OUR COUNTRY IS TERRIBLE.

THEY'RE KILLING OUR PEOPLE

AND THEY WANT TO DIVIDE US.

Reporter: BOKO HARAM'S

OFFICIAL NAME IN ARABIC

MEANS THE PEOPLE COMMITTED

TO PROVIGATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ISLAMIST

GROUP SAYS THE DEADLY

ATTACKS WON'T STOP UNTIL

SHARI'A LAW RULES THE

COUNTRY.

IT HAS THE SAME IDEOLOGY

OF ALL OTHERS, AS

JIHADISTS.

THEY WANT TO ESTABLISH AN

ISLAMIC STATE, AND PUSH TO

THE SOUTH AND ACROSS

NIGERIA.

Reporter: IT WON'T BE

EASY.

NIGERIA IS EVENLY SPLIT

BETWEEN CHRISTIANS IN THE

SOUTH AND MUSLIMS IN THE

NORTH.

SHARI'A LAW IS ALREADY

ACROSS 12 STATES.

AND WHILE BOKO HARAM WANTS

TO SEE THE ISLAMIC LAWS MORE

STRICTLY ENFORCED, THE GROUP

HAS LITTLE TRACTION IN THE

SOUTH.

THEY ARE TRYING TO SPARK

A RELIGIOUS WAR.

BY GETTING CHRISTIANS AND

MUSLIMS TO FIGHT ONE

ANOTHER.

Reporter: THEY HAVE

ATTACKED THEIR HOMES,

CHURCHES, AND KILLING SCORES

OF BELIEVERS.

CHRISTIAN RANSOM BELLUM IS A

PROMINENT CHRISTIAN LEADER,

AND HE HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL

DEATH THREATS.

THE MOST RECENT CAME FROM

BOKO HARAM, WARNING ABOUT AN

IMPENDING ATTACK AGAINST

CHURCHES HERE.

MY BIGGEST WORRY IS ABOUT

THE SECURITY OF THE

CHRISTIANS IN CARNO.

Reporter: ONE OF THE

LARGEST MOSQUES USED A

FRIDAY GATHERING TO URGE

FOLLOWERS TO REMAIN CALM AND

SEEK PEACE.

IMAM REFUSED TO DIRECTLY

CRITICIZE OR CONDEMN THE

ACTIONS BY BOKO HARAM.

THE GROUP HAS DISTRIBUTED

LEAFLETS WARNING THOSE NOT

TO CRITICIZE THEIR ACTIONS.

I DON'T KNOW WHO THOSE

PEOPLE ARE, SO I CAN'T JUDGE

THEM.

I CAN'T TELL YOU IF BOKO

HARAM IS A RELIGIOUS GROUP

FOR NOT.

Reporter: MANY OF THE

RECENT ATTACKS, INCLUDING

THE JANUARY 20th INCIDENT,

WERE FAR MORE COMPLEX AND

COORDINATED THAN ANYTHING

LINKED TO BOKO HARAM

BEFORE.

THE BOMBS ARE

INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED

AND POWERFUL.

SO THIS HAS GONE BEYOND A

SORT OF LOCAL RADICAL

GROUP.

Reporter: THAT HAS

NIGERIAN AND WESTERN

OFFICIALS WORRYING ABOUT

POTENTIAL LINKS TO

INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST

GROUPS LIKE AL-QAEDA.

THEY TRACED FUNDING FOR THE

GROUP'S ACTIVITIES TO.

U.K. AND SAUDI ARABIA.

MEMBERS HAVE ALSO REPORTEDLY

MET AND RECEIVED TRAINING

FROM SENIOR al-QAEDA

FIGURES IN NORTH AFRICA.

AND NOW PERHAPS EQUALLY

WORRYING ARE REPORTS OF BOKO

HARAM SYMPATHIZERS WITHIN

NIGERIA'S POLICE,

INTELLIGENCE SERVICES, ARMY,

AND JUDICIARY.

LEAVING MANY TO WORRY ABOUT

THEIR FUTURE.

THESE ISSUES GO BEYOND

ECONOMIC, GOES BEYOND

POLITICS -- IT IS

SPIRITUAL.

Reporter: GEORGE

THOMAS, CBN NEWS, CANO,

NIGERIA.

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