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Boko Haram Leader Dies
News Bytes 06/9/2021 14 Comments

The leader of Nigerian terrorist Islamist group Boko Haram has died. The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) militant group announced over the weekend that its arch rival died in mid-May—possibly by his own hand. Experts predict ISWAP will now take over all of northeast Nigeria.

Reports of the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau have surfaced several times over the years. But each time, Shekau would appear again in a video post.

Shekau led the transformation of Boko Haram from an underground Islamic sect to a full-fledged terrorist organization. Horribly, the group killed, kidnapped, and looted its way across northeast Nigeria.

Then in 2014, Boko Haram made global news when leaders kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. The incident sparked global outrage. Nearly 100 of the so-called Chibok Girls are still missing. Many believe some died in captivity.

Boko Haram has killed more than 30,000 people, forced around two million to flee their homes, and created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

This time, Shekau’s death announcement came in the form of a voice recording from a person claiming to be Abu Musab al-Barnawi, an ISWAP leader. Nigerian intelligence officials and Boko Haram researchers and other experts also confirm that Shekau is dead.

Last month, the Nigerian military checked into reports of Shekau’s death. But Al-Barnawi’s audio recording is the first proof of it.

Shekau’s death could end the intense—and deadly—rivalry between ISWAP and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Further, ISWAP could absorb Boko Haram fighters.

ISWAP had been part of Boko Haram. The two split five years ago. ISWAP pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Quarrels over killing ordinary citizens by Boko Haram caused the rift. ISWAP leaders objected to the practice.

If ISWAP does absorb Boko Haram rebels, ISWAP could end up controlling much of northeastern Nigeria, according to political experts.

In the audio recording, a man calling himself al-Barnawi says the Islamic State leadership ordered his fighters to hunt Shekau down. He adds that ISWAP fighters battled Boko Haram rebels and gave Shekau an opportunity to “repent” and join them. Instead, the warlord fled.

Al-Barnawi says, “Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on Earth.” The voice on the recording claims Shekau then ignited an explosive and died in the aftermath. How sad if he ended his life without true knowledge of Jesus Christ!

ISWAP claimed Shekau was the reason for the problems in northeastern Nigeria. Boko Haram analyst Bulama Bukarti says, “He was the only person they wanted to remove.”

(Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks to the camera in 2014. AP)

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2nd Comment

Wow ummm I don’t really know what to say about this...

P.S. This is Piper

3rd Comment!!!! Never heard of him. Or the place. But that sounds bad, having two terrible organizations battling over your home!


i agree, I wouldn't want to live in Nigeria.

Fifth Comment

Well, um....yeah Piper, agreed!

Boko Haram

Boko Haram is horrible. They are made up of pure darkness. Not a speck of light. Finally, some of that might be over! Although with ISWAP, you don't know, of course.



I hope these terrorist

I hope these terrorist attacks stop. This is an example of what happens to people when they reject God. Our world has many horrible things in it yet God's Spirit is still here. I can't imagine hell, where God will not be present.


Yes, well said Alaina

Um, yeah, I bet he did go to

Um, yeah, I bet he did go to hell! Too bad, but that's what happens...

Oh some of those things are

Oh some of those things are just horrible! Yes they are in total darkness! I guess I am glad he died, but I hope things don't get worse, but better...


Nice scary gun. Those things are unfortunately not going to be legal for much longer, even though they aren't that practical for shooting people.

Speaking of Nigeria

My mom just found out that she was 47% Nigerian and 3% other African. I forgot
So that's 50% African...crazy right!?!?!?!?


That's cool! Crazy that she's so strongly African! Are any of your grandparents from Africa?

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