Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State and to its leader, Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, according to an audio statement posted online to the group’s Twitter account. The audio has not been verified, but the voice in the recording appeared to belong to the militant group’s leader. If confirmed, Boko Haram would be the latest Islamist militant group to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, and would mark a dramatic expansion of al-Baghdadi's influence. The elusive leader of the Islamic State has received pledges of allegiance from Islamic militants in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as well as possibly from jihadists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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