Military Confirms Killing Of Notorious ISWAP Leader Al-Barnawi




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The death of the Leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi has been confirmed.

His death was confirmed on Thursday by the of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor.

General Irabor confirmed the killing while speaking at the ministerial briefing organised by the presidential communications team at the Presidential Villa , Abuja.

“I can authoritatively confirm to you that Abu Musab is dead. As simple as that. He is dead and remains dead,” Irabor said.

Al-Barnawi was killed in the last week of August.

Al-Barnawi was the son of Boko founder, Mohammed Yusuf who was also killed by security forces in 2009 when he launched a war against the Nigerian state.

How Al-Barnawi was killed

There are two version on how the notorious was killed.

One version claimed he was killed by Nigerian soldiers while the second version claimed that his death was due to internal rivalry in ISWAP.

A source revealed that the leader was killed during an ambush by which also claimed the lives of four or five top ISWAP leaders and many foot loyal to him.

The source said he was killed around Bula Yobe, a community near the Borno/Yobe states border along Mobbar and Abadam axis that leads to the Lake Chad area.

However, a different source said the Bula Yobe where he was ambushed and killed could be accessed from Yale, Bama, Banki junction through the Kashimbri-Gulumba.

Other sources revealed that it was leadership tussle that led to the death of Al-Barnawi.

One of them said the battle of supremacy climaxed between August 14 and 26, 2021, and that the fight had claimed many commanders on both sides.

Yet, another source said the other had mobilised some from Central Africa to overthrow Al-Barnawi and they succeeded.

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