As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Boko Haram 'strapping bombs to birds' as Isis-affiliated group continues bloody insurgency in Africa

The commander of a multinational force fighting the Islamist insurgents revealed the discovery

Thursday 21 April 2016

Boko Haram is strapping bombs to birds as it continues to develop more deadly weapons in its bloody insurgency in Africa.

The commander of a coalition battling the Isis-affiliated militants revealed the discovery at a meeting with American diplomats and security officials.

Major General Lamidi Adeosun showed gruesome photos of the victims of Boko Haram’s attacks and their latest weapons during the briefing at the Multinational Joint Task Force's headquarters in Chad on Wednesday.

One picture showed a bird with an explosive strapped on its back, demonstrating “a lot of ingenuity,” he said. 

Maj Gen Adeosun said his forces had received intelligence that Isis members were being imbedded with Boko Haram but that the Nigerian terrorist group had not satisfied requirements for greater operational co-ordination.

It is not the first report of birds being used to carry explosive devices.

Photos emerged in July last year claiming to show bombs strapped to chickens by Isis fighters in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

There was speculation that they could be resorting to increasingly bizarre means of destruction while running out of ammunition but the account could not be verified.

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