the army announces the death of the local leader of the state group

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A senior Nigerian army official confirmed on Thursday, October 14, that Abu-Musab al-Barnawi, the head of the ISWAP Islamic State in West Africa, had died. The power struggle between jihadist groups has intensified since Abubakar Shekaus, Boko Haram’s historical leader, died in May last year. He had committed suicide during a clash with men in the Islamic State, led by Abu-Musab al-Barnawi.

as reported from Lagos, Liza Fabbian

It is one of the chiefs of staff of the Nigerian army who “with certainty” confirms that Abu-Musab al-Barnawi “is dead and well dead”.

The soldier did not give more details, but it seems that the disappearance of the head of the Islamic State in West Africa actually goes back to the end of August last year.

Son of the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, Abu-Musab al-Barnawi had taken power after the terrorist group split in 2016.

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Power struggle In recent years, the Islamic State in West Africa, Iswap, has emerged as the dominant jihadist faction in Nigeria. In May, Abu Musab al-Barnawi announced himself the death of his rival Abubakar Shekau, the historical leader of Boko Haram.

If we do not know the exact causes of Abu Musab al-Barnawi’s death, on the other hand, we know that violent fighting took place until recently between the Boko Haram uprising and the Iswap men, on the shores of Lake Chad. A proof that the power struggle between the two groups continues.

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