Chegao died on May 18 after detonating a bomb when he was chased by an ISWAP fighter after a fight. A person who claims to be ISWAP leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi said in the audio recording.
“Abubakar Shekao God judged him by sending him to heaven,” he was heard, two people familiar with al-Barnawi told Reuters that the audio recordings were those of the ISWAP leader.
A Nigerian intelligence report shared by Boko Haram government officials and researchers also said Shekau had died.
Islamic State “Combining all areas Lake Chad Region and (Chekao Stronghold),” Bulama Bugarti, Boko Haram Specialist Analyst at the Tony Institute. Blair for Global Change says
“ISWAP framed Shekau as a problem and he is the only one they want to get rid of,” Bugarti said of Islamic State’s efforts to lure Boko Haram’s commanders and fighters to their side.
Shekau’s death could lead to an end to intense rivalry between the two groups. This allowed the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) to absorb the Boko Haram fighters and consolidate the territorial occupation of northeastern Nigeria. Political analyst said
This will enable ISWAP to focus on the government and the military. which the war effort is still weakening
Shekau ‘immediate suicide’
The Boko Haram leader has reportedly been killed several times over the past 12 years, including in military announcements. This will only appear later in the video post.
in audio recording The man, identified as al-Barnawi, said his fighters searched for warlords at the command of the Islamic State (IS) leader and fought Boko Haram rebels until Chekao fled.
ISWAP chased him down and offered him a chance to repent and join them, he said.
“Chegao would rather be humiliated in the afterlife than be humiliated on earth. And he immediately killed himself by detonating a bomb,” he said.
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About 100 young girls are still missing. and some people are thought to have died in captivity.
Shekau led the transformation of Boko Haram from an underground Islamic sect in 2009 to a full-scale insurgency, killing, kidnapping and looting in northeastern Nigeria.
The group has killed more than 30,000 people, forcing some 2 million to flee their homes. and caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.
ISWAP was previously part of Boko Haram before splitting up five years ago, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. Civilian by Boko Haram, which ISWAP opposes.