The Islamic State in West Africa State (ISWAP), a divided jihadist faction, reported in an audio recording obtained by Reuters on Sunday that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, has died.
Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who claimed to be the group’s leader, said Shekau was killed around May 18 after an explosive device was detonated while pursuing Islamic State militants in West Africa.
Two people familiar with Al-Barnawi told Reuters that the audio in the video belonged to the leader of the Islamic State in West Africa.
Since 2009, when Shekau headed Boko Haram, Nigeria has been shaken by the terrorist activities of this jihadist organization, resulting in the deaths of more than 36,000 people. Persons. More than two million people have been forced from their homes.
In 2016, the organization split; From its structures emerged ISWAP.
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