Shekau Out As ISIS Names Abu Musab al-Barnawi Boko Haram’s New Leader

Islamic State (IS)-OnoBello (2) Abu Musab al-Barnawi 

 

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has announced that its West African affiliate Boko Haram has a new leader.

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was previously spokesman for the Nigerian-based Islamists, is featured in the latest issue of an IS magazine, BBC reports.

It does not say what has become of the group’s former leader Abubakar Shekau.

He was last heard from in an audio message last August, saying he was alive and had not been replaced – an IS video released in April said the same.

Shekau took over as Boko Haram leader after the group’s founder, Muhammad Yusuf, died in police custody in July 2009. His reign saw a more deadly and radicalized terrorist sect emerge.

In the interview in IS’s weekly Arabic magazine al-Naba, Mr Barnawi said his group “remained a force to be reckoned with” and said it had been drawing new recruits.

He described the group’s battle against West African states as a war fought by Muslims against “apostates” and “crusaders”.

 

Written by OlufunkeEdidi 

 

 


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