Islamic State group announces new Boko Haram leader

Latest Update: August 3, 2016 | 257 Views

LAGOS: The Islamic State group’s newspaper identifies a new leader of the group’s West Africa Province, popularly known as Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists, who promises not to attack mosques or markets used by Muslims.

The Arabic-language newspaper al-Nabaa on Wednesday identified Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new “Wali,” a title previously used to describe long-time leader Abubakar Shekau.

The report does not say what Shekau’s current status is.

Analyst Jacob Zenn says the announcement indicates a coup by Boko Haram breakaway group Ansaru and follows a trend of extremist Islamic groups moving away from al-Qaida to the Islamic State.

Ansaru is known for kidnapping foreigners. It had broken away from Boko Haram because it disagrees with the indiscriminate killing of civilians, especially Muslims.



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