Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead, rival extremists say

Abuja: Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau killed himself in a fight against rival extremist fighters, the rival Islamic State West Province (ISWAP) group said in audio released to AFP Sunday, two weeks after reports emerged that he had died.

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“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the hereafter to getting humiliated on earth. He killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive,” a voice speaking in the Kanuri language resembling that of ISWAP leader Abu Musab Al-Barnawi said, in audio given to AFP by the same source who sent previous messages from the group.

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Boko Haram has not yet officially commented on the death of their leader and the Nigerian army said it was investigating the claim.

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