The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has confirmed the demise of Abubakar Shekau, chief of the Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad faction of the group.
ISWAP confirmed that Shekau blew himself up after refusing to give up following the invasion of his hideout on May 19, 2021.
This was contained in a message from Abu Mus’ab Habeeb Bin Muhammad Bin Yusuf al-Barnawi, born Habib Yusuf, chief of the terrorists.
According to HumAngle, al-Barnawi, in an tackle on Friday, described Shekau as “the leader of disobedience and corruption.”
He mentioned Shekau’s fighters rejoiced over his demise, including that the previous terrorist chief, who took over after the demise of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009, was apprehended “in the most humiliating manner.”
Speaking in Hausa, al-Barnawi mentioned: “This was someone who committed unimaginable terrorism. How many has he wasted? How many has he killed? How many has he terrorised? But Allah left him alone and prolonged his life. When it was time, Allah set out brave soldiers after receiving orders from Amirul Muminin [leader of the believers].”
ISWAP, which broke away from Shekau’s Boko Haram faction in 2016, disagreed with the late extremist chief over his extreme use of drive, particularly on Muslims in areas underneath his affect.
He said that the interim chief of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ordered them to take motion on Shekau for deviating and killing “believers.”
ISWAP fighters then took their arms, travelled by way of the Sahara, went into Shekau’s enclave, and engaged in a gun battle together with his followers.
“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth. He killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive,” he mentioned.