ISWAP Combed Sambisa, Captured and Killed Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau
Leader of the Boko Haram terrorist sect in Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau, may have been killed by a rival terrorist group, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), even though the Nigerian security operatives could not confirm the incident.
Unofficial reports said ISWAP fighters invaded Sambisa Forest, where Shekau was hiding, with heavy gun trucks where they killed him after some fire exchange.
The military in Nigeria have over the years been unable to trace Shekau and have on several occasions claimed to have either killed or ‘mortally’ injured him but he has always resurfaced in a manner that has embarrassed the Nigerian Army.
This time, the military and other security agents refused to confirm Shekau’s death. The Nigerian Army only said that they were investigating the matter.
Initial reports said Shekau was killed in a fierce gun battle with ISWAP fighters, but later information has it that he may have blew up himself when he was about to be captured alive by ISWAP fighters after several hours of gun battle.
Another report claimed that he was actually captured and asked to relinquish power, an option he found unpalatable, prompting him to detonate a suicide vest he was wearing.
A source told Nigerian Sketch that “ISWAP wanted him to publicly announce that he was no longer in charge. They also wanted him ask his fighters in other areas to declare allegiance to ISWAP.
“Rather than face such humiliation, he opted to take what he considered as the more honuorabe option, so he blew up himself, killing several other ISWAP commanders in the process.”
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