Nigerian Army Claims Killing West Africa ISIL Leader

Nigeria’s chief of defense staff reported on Thursday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group, died.

However, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group has yet to confirm.

“I can authoritatively confirm to you that al-Barnawi is dead. As simple as that. He is dead and remains dead,” Chief of Defense Staff General Lucky Irabor told reporters.

Irabor did not elaborate regarding the death of al-Barnawi, the son of the founder of Nigeria’s Boko Haram armed group.

Boko Haram split in 2016 after disagreements with its chief, Abubakar Shekau, who died earlier this year in infighting between the two factions. 

Before detonating his explosive vest during a confrontation with ISWAP in May, the Nigerian military claimed Shekau had been killed or gravely injured in prior years.

Mohammed Yusuf, al-father, Barnawi’s was the founder of Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group waging an insurgency for more than a decade.

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