BREAKING: ISIS Announces, Abu Al-Barnawi As New Boko Haram Leader

BREAKING: ISIS Announces, Abu Al-Barnawi As New Boko Haram Leader

By Abdul Jummai | Politics Reporter on August 3, 2016
FILE: Twin blasts shook the office of This Day, a newspaper in Abuja, Nigeria, killing at least three people in April 26, 2012. | AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images

The Islamic State (IS) says its terror affiliate in Nigeria, Boko Haram, has appointed a new leader.

According to a report by BBC, Abu Musab al-Barnawi was announced as the new leader of Boko Haram in the latest issue of an IS magazine.

Khalid AL-BARNAWI, alias KAFURI/ NAZIRU/ ALHAJI YAHAYA/MALLAM DAUDA/ALHAJI TANIMU | DSS Photo
Khalid AL-BARNAWI, alias KAFURI/ NAZIRU/ ALHAJI YAHAYA/MALLAM DAUDA/ALHAJI TANIMU | DSS Photo

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s former leader, last spoke through an audio message released about a year ago.

In the message, Shekau said he was alive and had not been replaced as was being speculated among Nigeria’s security agencies.

The purported new Boko Haram leader, al-Barnawi, was formerly the spokesperson of Boko Haram, the terrorist group had said in January 2015.

In April, Nigeria’s secret police announced that it had arrested Khalid Al-Barnawi, the right-hand man of Shekau. According to the Department of State Security Services, Al-Barnawi  was responsible for the bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja, on August 26, 2011.

It remains to be ascertained if there’s a connection between both Al-Barnawis while speculation is also rife regarding the current state of Abubakar Shekau.

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