“Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead”

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead, says the rival terrorist group Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) in a sound recording owned by Reuters news agency.

According to the sound recording, Shekau blew himself up when he was being chased by the ISWAP. Reuters sources confirmed that the recording is not fake. ISWAP split off from Boko Haram.

Last month, Shekau‘s death was reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Kidnappings and attacks

Under Shekau’s leadership, Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in 2014. Last year, the terror group also claimed the abduction of 300 pupils from a boysboarding school in north-western Nigeria.

In addition, numerous attacks were committed in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Boko Haram’s struggle for a Sharia-based state has cost the lives of 30,000 people in recent years.

17-year-old Umasa managed to escape during a kidnapping: