Islamic State Terror Group in West Africa (ISWAP) confirmed in an audio recording that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the notorious Nigerian rebel movement Boko Haram, is dead.
Shekau blew himself up in mid-May when he was chased by rival ISWAP fighters, states a person in the recording who claims to be Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the leader of the terror group. Two people who know al-Barnawi confirm to Reuters that it is him. Islamic State in West Africa was previously part of Boko Haram.
Last month, Shekaus death was also reported by The Wall Street Journal based on, among others, the intelligence community, after earlier that week that he had been seriously injured in a suicide attempt. The paper gave a similar lecture on how Shekau died.
48-year-old Shekau led Boko Haram since 2009, and the extremist Islamist movement became known for the abduction of nearly three hundred schoolchildren. Shekau is described as one of the most cruel and effective terrorists in the world, who triggered a religious war in Nigeria and three neighbouring countries. The Nigerian government has wrongly declared him dead several times before.
Boko Haram is also accused of using children for suicide attacks. The group is held responsible for many attacks and tens of thousands of deaths in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Two to three million people have been displaced.