The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) militant group stated in an audio recording heard by Reuters on Sunday that Abubakar Shekau, chief of rival Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram, was useless.
Shekau died round Might 18 after detonating an explosive machine when he was pursued by ISWAP fighters following a battle, an individual purporting to be ISWAP chief Abu Musab al-Barnawi stated on the audio recording.
“Abubakar Shekau, God has judged him by sending him to heaven,” he might be heard saying.
Two folks conversant in al-Barnawi informed Reuters the voice on the recording was that of the ISWAP chief.
A Nigerian intelligence report shared by a authorities official and Boko Haram researchers have additionally stated Shekau is useless.
Final month, Nigeria’s army stated it was investigating Shekau’s alleged dying, additionally reported in Nigerian and overseas information shops. The audio assertion, first obtained by local media, is ISWAP’s first affirmation that its arch rival within the Lake Chad area has been killed. read more
Islamic State “are consolidating the entire space, the Lake Chad area and (Shekau’s stronghold),” stated Bulama Bukarti, an analyst specialising in Boko Haram on the Tony Blair Institute for International Change.
“ISWAP had framed Shekau as the issue and he was the one individual they needed to take away,” Bukarti stated of Islamic State’s try to lure Boko Haram commanders and fighters to their aspect.
Shekau’s dying may result in the top of a violent rivalry between the 2 teams, enabling Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) to soak up Boko Haram fighters and consolidate its maintain on territory in northeastern Nigeria, political analysts stated.
That might permit ISWAP to focus its consideration on the federal government and army, whose struggle efforts are languishing.
SHEKAU ‘KILLED HIMSELF INSTANTLY’
Boko Haram’s chief was reported to have been killed on a number of events over the past 12 years, together with in bulletins by the army, solely to later seem in a video put up.
Within the audio recording, the person recognized as al-Barnawi stated his fighters had sought out the warlord on the orders of the Islamic State management, and battled Boko Haram insurgents till Shekau fled.
ISWAP chased him down and supplied him the possibility to repent and be a part of them, he stated.
“Shekau most popular to be humiliated within the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth, and he killed himself immediately by detonating an explosive,” he stated.
Boko Haram grabbed headlines worldwide with its 2014 kidnapping of greater than 270 schoolgirls from the city of Chibok, sparking a world marketing campaign for his or her return dubbed #BringBackOurGirls, backed by the likes of Michelle Obama.
Round 100 of the Chibok Women are nonetheless lacking, and a few are thought to have died in captivity.
Shekau led the transformation of Boko Haram from an underground Islamic sect in 2009 to a full-fledged insurgency, killing, kidnapping and looting its means throughout northeast Nigeria.
The group has killed greater than 30,000 folks, pressured round 2 million folks to flee their properties and spawned one of many world’s worst humanitarian crises.
ISWAP was beforehand a part of Boko Haram earlier than its cut up 5 years in the past, pledging allegiance to Islamic State. The schism was brought on by non secular ideological disagreements over the killing of civilians by Boko Haram, to which ISWAP objected.
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