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Nigeria’s Boko Haram Leader Dead, Islamic State West African Province Says

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram Leader Dead, Islamic State West African Province Says

Boko Haram has not but formally commented on the demise of their chief. (Representational)

Abuja:

Boko Haram’s chief Abubakar Shekau killed himself in a struggle in opposition to rival jihadist fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) based on audio AFP obtained from the group Sunday, two weeks after studies emerged that he had died.

“Shekau most popular to be humiliated within the hereafter to getting humiliated on earth. He killed himself immediately by detonating an explosive,” a voice talking within the Kanuri language resembling that of ISWAP chief Abu Musab Al-Barnawi mentioned.

The audio was given to AFP by the identical supply who despatched earlier messages from the group.

Boko Haram has not but formally commented on the demise of their chief, who waged a greater than decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria, whereas the Nigerian military mentioned it was investigating the declare. 

ISWAP described within the audio the way it despatched out fighters to Boko Haram’s enclave within the Sambisa forest, who discovered Shekau sitting inside his home and engaged him in a firefight.

“From there he retreated and escaped, ran and roamed the bushes for 5 days. Nonetheless, the fighters saved looking and trying to find him earlier than they have been in a position to find him,” the voice mentioned.

After discovering him within the bush, ISWAP fighters urged him and his followers to repent, the voice added, however Shekau refused and killed himself.

“We’re so glad,” the voice mentioned, including that Shekau was “somebody who dedicated unimaginable terrorism and atrocities.”

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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