Boko Haram Confirms Shekau’s Death, Claims Group Remains Intact
Members of the Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, more popularly known as Boko Haram, have come out to say that their erstwhile leader, Abubakar Shekau was truly dead, but that the group remains intact and effective.
In a video obtained by journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, members of the Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad led by one Bakura Sahalaba, admitted the death of Shekau.
Sahalaba however denounced the rival group that caused the death of Shekau, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), boasting that the late Shekau faction of the terrorist group is still very much active, saying the group is not weakened by Shekau’s death.
ISWAP had claimed that Shekau blew himself up after choosing not to surrender and relinquish power to the rival group.
Shekau was reported to have detonated an explosive vest he was wearing when he sensed that he would be humiliated into an unwilling surrender.
ISWAP, which broke away from Shekau’s Boko Haram faction in 2016, said it disagreed with the late extremist leader over his excessive use of force, especially on Muslims in areas under his influence.
According to ISWAP leader, Abu Musab Albarnawi, his fighters took their arms, traveled through the Sahara, went into Shekau’s enclave and engaged in a gun battle with his followers, causing his death in the process.
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