Nigeria’s Boko Haram Confirms Death of Notorious Ringleader
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In a short video message, Boko Haram’s top terrorist leader Bakura Modu, also known as Sahaba, was seen surrounded by militants while addressing the camera as the new leader of the Daesh-affiliated Takfiri outfit, urging his militants to stay loyal to the group.
The undated video was provided to the AFP by a source close to Boko Haram, the agency reported Wednesday.
It was released over a week after Boko Haram’s main rival, another Daesh-affiliated faction operating in West Africa known as ISWAP, said Shekau had been hunted down by ISWAP and asked to pledge loyalty to the terror group.
ISWAP chief Abu Musab al-Barnawi was heard saying in an audio message, obtained by news agencies, that Shekau refused to join them and chose instead to “kill himself” instantly by detonating an explosive.
Shekau is said to have died around May 18. Nigerian intelligence sources also confirmed his death.
Boko Haram started from an underground African-terrorist group in 2009 and gained ground by killing, kidnapping and looting its way across northeast of Nigeria before pledging allegiance to Daesh.