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Boko Haram leader killed by Islamic State (IS)

Boko Haram leader’s death has been confirmed by the rival militant group Islamic State.

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Boko Haram leader’s death has been confirmed by the rival militant group Islamic State.

Boko Haram is a Nigerian militant Islamist group that was led by Boko Haram. Tensions have been going on since the establishment of the Nigerian group between the two. 

Abubakar Shekau, one of the leaders of IS was killed last month in a blast from an explosive device. The Iswap fighters had stormed the Sambisa forest, a swath of strategically important dense forest in Nigeria’s northeast, which was Shekau’s base. His death both delighted and embarrassed Nigerian and international security services, who spent a decade devoting huge resources to hunting down Shekau.

The blame for his death was pinned on the Boko Hara group and this was the revenge taken in return. On an audiotape obtained about Abu Musab al-Barnawi telling followers that the death of Shekau came in response to orders from the new leader of the Islamic State, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi.

Shekau was responsible for using young women and girls as suicide bombers as well as the abduction of 300 female students from a college in 2014, in an incident that made global headlines. 

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