ISIS Names Abu Musab al-Barnawi As Replacement For Shadowy Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau
The Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh) terror group has announced the appointment of a new leader for its subservient counterpart in West Africa; the Nigeria-based Islamist outfit Boko Haram.
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The prominent Islamic death cult appointed Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was previously spokesman for Boko Haram, as the new leader replacing Abubakar Shekau – it announced in one of its magazines – the BBC said.
According to the British Newspaper, Mr. al-Barnawi is featured in the latest issue of an ISIS magazine even as the magazine makes no reference to Mr. Shekau.
The replacement is coming after reports filtered that Shekau had been killed or replaced as the leader, and has not made a verified video appearance for the past years.
It would be recalled, in one of the videos posted by the terror group, Boko Haram, Shekau had pledged allegiance to ISIS, which was originally based in Syria and Iraq.
Also, in March 2016, Boko Haram was believed to have released a video featuring Shekau. However, the unusual poor quality of the footage raised suspicions over its authenticity.
Furthermore, the video was only shared on YouTube, rather than on Twitter accounts affiliated with Boko Haram’s ally, IS.