Boko Haram IS Faction Replaces Figure Head

03/06/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Rumors have surfaced that the ISIS affiliated half of Boko Haram(ISWAP) has replaced their longtime head, Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi. This comes only a few months after the group killed their technical head, Mamman Nur, who though not the figure head, is believed to have held the real power in the group.

Al-Barnawi is the son of the founder of Boko Haram, Mohamed Yusuf. He was lifted up as the figure head when ISWAP split from the original group, which is still led by Abubakar Shekau. The group had originally split because they did not like the wanton killing that the Shekau faction committed against civilians and Muslims. ISWAP has taken a more targeted approach, focusing their attacks on government and military targets.

Over the past several months, ISWAP has begun to regain a lot of capabilities and strength. With numerous attacks on military bases and villages that were successful, the group has been able to gain much needed weapons, ammunition, and other supplies. This growth is believed to have been caused by new leaders taking over positions of power within the terror group. The radicals who killed Mamman Nur, are believed to have been even more hard line and extremist than Nur was. This is most likely the same for the ones who have deposed Al-Barnawi. It is still unknown if Al-Barnawi is dead or just being held, but if another power shift has taken place in ISWAP, the next few months could be even more deadly than the previous few.

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