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Shekau Still Alive; Appears In New Boko Haram Video


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Leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, whom the Nigerian Army said it had killed, is still alive.

In the latest video released by the group, Shekau was seen flanked by two gun-wielding boko haram fighters on either side.

The video lasted for about 39 minutes, and Shekau spoke in Arabic, Hausa, Kanuri and English.

Recall that the Middle east-based terrorist group, the Islamic State, to whom Shekau had pledged allegiance, had announced the appointment of Musab Al-Barnawi as the new leader of Boko Haram in place of Shekau.

The announcement reportedly caused a division with the terrosist group with a faction siding with Shekau and the other pledging loyalty to the supposed new leader, Al-Barnawi who was said to be the son of the late Boko Haram founder, Muhammed Yusuf.

Shortly after the announcement, the Nigerian military said that Boko Haram has been largely decimated and that the new change in leadership was just an empty show.

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Defence Authorities reiterated that both the original Shekau and the second one had been killed in the ongoing clearance operations in the Northeast.

In August this year, the group released a video purportedly showing only a handful of the school girls it kidnapped in 2014 from their school in Chibok, Borno state.

One of the fighters in the video said that the other girls had either been married off or had been killed in series of air strikes carried out against the group by the Nigerian military.

He said the group would only swap the girls with their members who are currently in detention in various prisons in the country.

Also, on September 13, a day after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the group released another video showing large numbers of its members praying at an eid ground.

In the video, one of the terrorists, wielding a sword, threatened that the group would capture Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari.

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