Shekau Dead: The death of Abubakar Shekau has been confirmed by his terrorist group, Jamaâatu Ahlussunnah Liddaâawati Wal Jihad (JAS) faction of Boko Haram.
Recall that the rival terror group, Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) had said Shekau blew himself up after refusing to surrender following his hideoutâs invasion on Wednesday, May 19.
The Boko Haram leader was said to have killed himself with a bomb âwhen he observed that the ISWAP fighters wanted to capture him aliveâ.
ISWAP, which broke away from Shekauâs Boko Haram faction in 2016, said it disagreed with the late extremist leader over his excessive use of force, especially on Muslims in areas under his influence.
According to ISWAP leader, Abu Musab Albarnawi, its fighters took their arms, travelled through the Sahara, went into Shekauâs enclave, and engaged in a gun battle with his followers.
In a video obtained by SaharaReporters, members of JAS, led by one Bakura Sahalaba, admitted to the death of Shekau.
Sahalaba claimed that the faction of the terrorist group is still very much active.
He further denounced ISWAP and insisted that âitâs not all over for usâ.
Some of the weapons that can be spotted with the Boko Haram fighters include; AKM(S)/Type 56 pattern rifles, Romanian PM me. 90 & PM MD. 63 rifles, Zastava M21S rifles (likely from Cameroon) and PK/Type 80 pattern GPMGs.