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Boko Haram leader, Shekau trends over report of his death after battle with ISWAP

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Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has reportedly killed himself after a violent clash with the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) fighters who overran Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

Military sources confirmed to SaharaReporters that Shekau blew up himself with an explosive when it was clear that the ISWAP fighters wanted him to relinquish power to them, after all his commanders were captured and killed in the forest.

The terror leader has been on top Twitter trends since Thursday morning as mixed reactions trailed the news of his death.

It was learnt that the incident took place on Wednesday evening following the invasion of the terror group’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest area by ISWAP fighters.

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ISWAP, which had broken away from the Shekau-led Boko Haram faction in 2016 after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, reportedly raided the group’s hideout using no fewer than 50 gun trucks.

According to HumAngle, Shekau’s enclave was tracked down by ISWAP using its forces based in the Timbuktu Triangle. His fighters were killed in the process, followed by a long gunfire exchange between the invading group and Shekau’s bodyguards.

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Shekau had been the leader of Boko Haram since 2009 following the death of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf.

He had been rumoured to have been killed by the Nigerian military at least four times between July 2009 and August 2015.

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