While claiming responsibility of the dastardly attacks in Paris, militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), stirred raised eyebrows after they mentioned Nigeria in their statement.
No fewer than 129 were reported dead with at least 352 injured in the shootings and explosions that happened late on Friday, November 13, 2015.
Although the militants didn’t state any specific reason why they mentioned Nigeria in the statement which was posted online by their loyalists supporters on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
According to the statement, the militants numbering about eight, clad with explosive belts and armed with machine guns attacked precisely selected areas in the French capital.
A Tweet of the statement by TRACterrorisim.org, posted on ISIS’ blog, reads: “O people crusaders: when you deploy forces in order to control the city Saladin and dreaming of Mosul, Sinjar, Haul, Tikrit or Huwaijah or dreaming Mayadin or Jarablus or Karmah or Tel Abyad or Al Qaim or Darnah or dream to reclaim the wilderness in the interior Nigeria or master ‘Asy’asy Sinai desert sand, then surel, WE just want ROME and PARIS Insyallah before before ANDALUSIA (UKK).”
A spokeswoman for Belgian Justice Ministry on Sunday, November 15, 2015 disclosed that investigations have commenced and some persons have been arrested in Belgium.
Three people were reportedly arrested in Molenbeek district of Brussels in connection with the attacks.
Meanwhile, French President President Francois Hollande, who condemned the attacks strongly had on Saturday, November 14, 2015 said: “We will lead the fight, and we will be ruthless.”