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Africa News of Thursday, 14 October 2021

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Al-Barnawi, leader of deadly Boko Haram faction, ISWAP, dead - Nigerian Army

ISWAP was a breakaway faction from Boko Haram ISWAP was a breakaway faction from Boko Haram

A top Nigerian military commander has confirmed the death of Abu Mus'ab al-Barnawi, leader of a Boko Haram rival group, Islamic State West African Province, ISWAP.

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

He, however, did not give further details into when, where or how the former ally of Boko Haram's Abubakar Shekau died.

Al-Barnawi led a breakaway faction from Boko Haram in 2016 and fast established ISWAP into a force that inflicted heavy losses on military personnel and installations.

ISWAP under his command was credited with the ambush that led to the death of Abubakar Shekau months ago.

Analysts have stated that the development could affect terrorist activities in the region more so at a time ISWAP was consolidating its position in the region after Shekau's death.

Nigerians on social media are expressing skepticism at the report citing how the Army previously got it wrong in reporting the death of Shekau.