A message allegedly from the head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group Saturday pledged his group’s allegiance to Islamic State.The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service.“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not to dispute about rule with those in power, except in case of evident infidelity regarding that which there is a proof from Allah,” said the message. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself the caliph.The message was posted on Twitter, hours after Boko Haram was blamed for four suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria that killed at least 54 people and wounded more than 140 people.The pledge comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in a northeastern town for a showdown with a multinational force that has dislodged them from a score of towns in recent weeks.
GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UE Lady Red Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East pulled off another upset when it dismantled University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 18-25, 28-25, 26-24, for its second straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Warriors notched their second win this season, already matching their combined win total from Seasons 78 and 78, against six losses and sent the Golden Tigresses to their fourth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT UE’s win marked the first time in school history that the Lady Warriors defeated UST in the Final Four era that began in the 1993-1994 academic year, and also the first time since 2012 that the Lady Warriors won two straight games.“No words can express how happy I am right now,” said UE interim coach and athletic director Rod Roque.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFrom a 24-22 deficit in the fourth set, the Lady Warriors fought their way back and tied at 24-all when Shaya Adorador converted with a crosscourt kill.Cecilia Bangad then put too much on her hit as it crossed the sideline and gave UE the 25-24 lead before another error on UST’s part gave the Lady Warriors the victory. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Beal scores 30 as Wizards edge Heat in overtime UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Roque added UE capitalized on the Golden Tigresses’ lackadaisical attitude to score the win.“They underestimated us and that was a big factor, they thought the Lady Warriors wouldn’t put up a fight,” said Roque in Filipino. “We scouted the video, how UST’s players position themselves and we studied that and the players exchanged ideas.”It wasn’t just in the fourth set that UST collapsed after scoring the 24th point.The Golden Tigresses led 24-20 in the third but ultimately allowed the Lady Warriors to outscore them 8-2 to end the set at 28-26.Mary Ann Mendrez led UE with 21 points while Adorador and Judith Abil had 15 and 10 points, apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Cherry Rondina had 25 points to lead UST while Dimdim Pacres and Tin Francisco combined for 28 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments