Categories: Headlines

Military Confirms Death Of ISWAP Leader, al-Barnawi


The leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) jihadist group, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, is dead, Chief of Defence Staff General Lucky Irabor, said on Thursday.

ISWAP has not given any confirmation of al-Barnawi’s death and the army has claimed before to have killed jihadist commanders only for them to reappear.

“I can authoritatively confirm to you that al-Barnawi is dead. As simple as that. He is dead and remains dead,” CDS Irabor told reporters.

READ ALSO: We Do Not Enlist Former Terrorists, Says Nigerian Army

He did not give details on how or when al-Barnawi had died.

Al-Barnawi is the son of the founder of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group which has been fighting a grinding Islamist insurgency in the northeast since 2009.

The ISWAP commander rose to prominence after splitting with Boko Haram in 2016 over differences with its commander Abubakar Shekau, who died earlier this year during infighting between the two factions.

Since Shekau’s death, security sources say, al-Barnawi had consolidated ISWAP’s control in the northeast and the Lake Chad region but pockets of Boko Haram loyalists have been fighting back.

More than 40,000 people have died in the Boko Haram conflict and around two million more people have been displaced from their homes by the violence.

Solomon Elusoji

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

Tinubu Appoints Kokumo As Small Arms Control Centre Coordinator

The appointment of Kokumo was announced in a statement by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale.

8 hours ago

Kidnappers Must Be Treated As Terrorists — Tinubu

The President said those who resort to kidnapping children are cowards, incapable of confronting the…

8 hours ago

48 Renounce Cultism, Surrender Arms In Ogun

While urging members of the public not to discriminate against those who have turned a…

9 hours ago

EU, ECOWAS Hail Smooth Running Of Senegal Presidential Poll

The head of the EU mission, Malin Bjork, praised a "well-organised and open election that…

10 hours ago

Tinubu, Zamfara Gov Discuss Solution To Banditry

The meeting was held on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

10 hours ago

Family, Supporters Mourn Ondo Gov Aspirant Akintelure

Some aspirants have suspended their ongoing political programmes to mourn the medical doctor turned politician.

10 hours ago