Less than 24 hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry had arrived to Nigeria, the Abuja army announced on Twitter that the leader of the Islamic fundamentalist organization Boko Haram was killed. Abubakar Shekau – reads the tweet – has been “mortally wounded” today, during an air raid that killed a number of the leaders of the group, reports International Business Times, pointing out that it cannot be independently verified. The announcement comes a day after the one spread by the Nigerian Military Air Force, about the killing of about 300 members of Boko Haram in a series of raids in the state of Borno, one of the group’s strongholds in the north of the country.
On 4 August, Shekau announced that he was the leader of the organization, denying rumors spread by the Caliphate, according to which the head was Abu Musab al-Barnawi, former Boko Haram spokesman. Barnawi had been appointed by Isis the day before. Shekau’s denial in an audio message where he indicates a possible division between Boko and the Islamic state.
It is not the first time the leader’s death has been announced. In September 2014, anonymous “security sources” assured that Shekau was killed during violent clashes with the Cameroonian army; yet, one month later the leader of Boko Haram appeared in a video, claiming – obviously – that he was still alive.