Boko Haram leader: Nigerian army investigating reports that Abubakar Shekau died blowing himself up to avoid capture

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Shekau, the long-time chief of the extremist group — often known as Jama’atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda’Awati Wal Jihad (JAS) — has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria for greater than a decade.

There have been a number of studies throughout Nigerian media Thursday claiming that he had died by suicide slightly than be taken alive following clashes with a rival group. Different studies by worldwide information shops steered he was both useless or badly wounded.

Nonetheless, it’s not the primary time that Shekau has been declared useless, just for him to later resurface in movies taunting his detractors.

Nigerian Military spokesman Mohammed Yerima instructed CNN through a textual content message that the navy is “nonetheless investigating” Shekau’s reported demise.

Seyi Adetayo, a former officer of Nigeria’s Division of State Companies, its secret service equal, and founding father of intelligence group Eons Intelligence, instructed CNN that he had heard of Shekau’s demise from Nigerian intelligence sources.

A still from a Boko Haram propaganda video dated September 25 2016, showing leader Abubakar Shekau,

“The navy will not affirm his demise publicly due to what has occurred up to now. It was embarrassing for the military after they introduced he was useless beforehand. They knew he was significantly wounded on the time however thought he wouldn’t survive the harm.”

A supply near Boko Haram instructed CNN he discovered Shekau died on Wednesday night after detonating a suicide vest he was carrying.

The supply just isn’t concerned with the group’s actions however has had shut contact over time with a few of its members.

The supply instructed CNN that Shekau was traced to his Sambisa forest hideout and requested to give up and plead allegiance to the Islamic State West African Province, (ISWAP) a bunch that broke away from Boko Haram in 2016 to align with ISIS.

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Shekau was surrounded by the ISWAP commanders who had disarmed lots of the Boko Haram fighters throughout clashes between the 2 teams in the course of the Ramadan festivities, the supply mentioned.

Adetayo added that his demise would sign the tip of Boko Haram or JAS, which gained worldwide notoriety in 2014 after kidnapping 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State. Over 100 of the ladies stay lacking to today.

“It is an finish of an period for JAS however the starting of a brand new period. ISWAP is a extra formidable enemy. They’ve a powerful worldwide community.

“Most of the commanders in JAS had been having issues with Shekau prior to now and a few of his commanders defected to ISWAP and gave intelligence to them,” Adetayo mentioned.

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