Nigerian Military Says Leader of ISIS-Linked Group Is Dead
LAGOS, Nigeria—Nigeria’s army claimed Thursday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the chief of an ISIS-linked extremist crew blamed for killing loads within the northeast, had died. There was once no fast affirmation from the militants.
At a information convention, Nigeria’s leader of protection body of workers, Gen. Fortunate Irabor, advised newshounds: “I can authoritatively confirm to you that Abu Musab is dead.” He gave no additional data and it was once no longer imaginable to independently corroborate the declare.
The announcement got here best 5 months after al-Barnawi and his forces claimed duty for killing rival extremist chief Abubakar Shekau.
Some experiences mentioned al-Barnawi were fatally wounded all over clashes with but any other rival extremist faction, however the army gave no information about the way it had showed his demise.
Al-Barnawi was once simply a teen when his father, Mohammed Yusuf, was once killed by way of Nigerian safety forces in 2009. The demise of the founding Boko Haram chief has fueled a greater than decade-long insurgency in opposition to the Nigerian executive, in the end increasing to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon as neatly.
Shekau took command of the gang after Yusuf’s demise, however clashed regularly through the years with al-Barnawi, who was once reportedly at one level was once picked as an alternative by way of the ISIS group to guide Boko Haram. As an alternative, a breakaway faction was once shaped in 2016 that become referred to as the Islamic State in West Africa Province, or ISWAP.
In contrast to Shekau’s crew, which continuously violently centered civilian populations, ISWAP below al-Barnawi centered the Nigerian army and those that aided the warriors. Nevertheless it drew heightened world fear when it all started concentrated on civilians running for global assist organizations within the northeast in a sequence of kidnappings and killings.
The faction nonetheless led by way of Shekau, in the meantime, weakened in recent times and his demise was once introduced in Might. ISWAP then sought to enlarge its succeed in however al-Barnawi did not win over hundreds of Shekau’s fans and lots of surrendered to the Nigerian army as an alternative.
The battle in northeast Nigeria has at once led to the demise of 36,000 other folks, in line with U.N, officers, with greater than 2.3 million other folks displaced.
Through Chinedu Asadu