Abubakar Shekau

Violence Soars in Nigeria as Rival Boko Haram Gangs Go to War

Boko Haram is at war with itself. Reports are surfacing from Nigeria’s remote northeast that rival factions of the Islamic State affiliate, one loyal to longtime leader Abubakar Shekau and another loyal to newly-minted leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi, have begun engaging in fatal clashes in rural areas.

Boko Haram

Boko Haram Leader Resurfaces in Video: ‘For Me, the End Has Come’

After disappearing for more than a year, leading to widespread rumors of his death, Boko Haram boss Abubakar Shekau resurfaced with a new video posted on Thursday. The formerly boisterous Shekau was subdued and gloomy in what the Nigerian military described as a “farewell video,” announcing that “for me, the end has come.”

FILE -This May 12, 2014, file photo taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera. Islamic State militants have accepted a pledge of allegiance by the Nigerian-grown Boko Haram extremist group, a spokesman for the Islamic State movement said Thursday, …

Boko Haram Leader Still Missing in New Propaganda Video

Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram– now known as the Islamic State West Africa Province– released a new video this week showing off new weapons and graphically depicting the beheading of a Nigerian policeman. The new Boko Haram video’s production value seems to indicate it was produced with help from ISIS, and leader Abubakar Shekau’s absence once again is raising questions.

The Associated Press