June 25, 2017

Boko Haram leader not dead? Shekau in new video, takes responsibility for Benisheik killing

Nigeria terror group Boko Haram has reportedly released another video that shows the spiritual leader of the sect, believed to be dead, looking very much alive.

In August, the military said it believed it killed the infamous Abubakar Shekau in a shoot-out along the Maiduguri border. However, in the video a man believed to be Mr. Shekau said the world “should know that he could not die except by the will of Allah”.

BBC Hausa reports that the Boko Haram leader is seen in the video wearing camouflage and surrounded by hooded lieutenants. Pilot Africa cannot verify the contents of the video, however, BBC Hausa correspondent Aliyu Tanko confirms that the voice of the man in the video sounds like that of Shekau, the Boko Haram leader believed to be killed in combat.

To add more credibility to the video recording, Shekau makes mention of the Benisheik attack in Borno State on September 17, 2013. At least 142 people were reportedly killed in that attack.

Punch newspapers quoted Shekau as saying: “Nigerian soldiers are late. Afther killing many of them in Mongonu and Benisheik, we have snatched their armored cars and a Hilux van and then hoisted Islamic flags on them. We now move freely with them.”

This video comes over a month after the Nigerian military said Mr. Shekau might have been killed in battle between 25 July and 3 August. It claimed a video released on 12 August that showed Mr Shekau was the work of an impostor, but there is still skepticism about military claim that the Boko Haram leader is dead.

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