• ‘Son’ of Boko Haram’s founder named group’s leader

    ‘Son’ of Boko Haram’s founder named group’s leader

    When the Islamic State group appointed Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the head of Boko Haram early in August, few people even recognised his name.

    But to close observers of Nigerian jihadi affairs, Barnawi’s promotion from relatively unknown spokesman to leader came as no surprise.

    After all, many experts say that Barnawi, born Habib Yusuf, is the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.

    Barnawi’s appointment by IS has deepened a rift with longtime chief Abubakar Shekau, who later released a video insisting […]

  • Boko Haram’s Shekau vows to fight on in new video

    Boko Haram’s Shekau vows to fight on in new video

    Boko Haram’s shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video vowing to fight on, shrugging off an apparent split in the hardline jihadist group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009.

    “I… Abubakar Ash-Shakawy (Shekau), the leader of Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, made it a duty for myself (to fight) Nigeria and the whole world,” Shekau said in the video released on Sunday, using the group’s name since it declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

    Last week, Shekau […]