• ‘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 […]