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Boko Haram leader appears in new video, says he’s still alive


Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau boasted that he was not dead days after Nigerian troops claimed he had been badly wounded in an attack.
Shekau appeared on the 40-minute video speaking in several languages including English and Arabic.
The terror leader boasted that he was still alive after the attack and proved it by showing an Islamic calendar.

He ranted: ‘You broadcast the news and published it in your media outlets that you injured me and killed me and here I am.’
The said a man purporting to be Shekau in a video addressed to ‘tyrants of Nigeria in particular and the west of Africa in general’.
‘I will not get killed until my time comes,’ he added, in the 40-minute video posted on YouTube delivered in Arabic and Hausa which is spoken widely in northern Nigeria.
The military has reported Shekau’s death in the past, only to have a man claiming to be him appear later, apparently unharmed, making video statements.Last month’s announcement by the air force came days after ISIS, to whom Boko Haram pledged allegiance last year, announced the appointment of a new leader of the West African group in an apparent rejection of Shekau.
That appointment was later dismissed in a 10-minute audio clip on social media by a man purporting to be Shekau, exposing divisions within the jihadist group.
The Nigerian army said on August 23 that Shekau had been seriously wounded in the shoulder in an air raid in which several commanders were killed.
The army’s claim was bolstered when Boko Haram released a video on September 13 without Shekau in it.
That video, also posted on YouTube, shows an unidentified man who says he is representing Shekau, who had allegedly been ousted by ISIS to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in March 2015.
Nigerian soldiers, with the support of regional troops, have recaptured swathes of territory lost to the jihadists since they launched a military campaign in February 2014.
The mass kidnapping of schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok provoked global outrage and brought unprecedented attention to Boko Haram and its bloody quest to create a fundamentalist state in northeastern Nigeria.
Shekau used the video to issue threats against President Muhammadu Buhari, who appealed to the United Nations this week for help in negotiating the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants more than two years ago.
‘If you want your girls, bring back our brethren,’ Shekau says.
Boko Haram, which has killed at least 20,000 people since 2009 in its quest for a hardline Islamist state in northeast Nigeria, has been in the grip of a power struggle since late last year.
Last month, ISIS high command said Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.
The first signs of a rift appeared after Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIS in March 2015 and changed Boko Haram’s name to ISIS West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Clashes have since been reported between rival Boko Haram factions in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State, near Lake Chad.
Barnawi, once a protege of Shekau, has criticised his former mentor for his indiscriminate killing of civilians – most of them fellow Muslims.
He had also criticised the brutal leadership style of Shekau, alleging he has secretly killed top militant commanders who disagreed with him.
Security analysts have said the split could indicate a shift in focus by the pro-Barnawi faction away from targeting crowded marketplaces and mosques to hitting military and government targets.
Along with the tens of thousands killed, Boko Haram has also made more than 2.8 million people homeless, fleeing attacks on villages by ransacking militants in a conflict that has spilled over Nigeria’s borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
But it was the mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok in July 2015 that brought unprecedented attention to Boko Haram, sparking a global campaign to ‘Bring Back Our Girls’.
Nigerian soldiers, with the support of regional troops, have recaptured swathes of territory lost to the jihadists since they launched a military campaign in February 2014.
Oil-rich Nigeria is facing security threats on multiple fronts: Boko Haram in the northeast, ethnic violence in the central region, Biafran separatists in the southeast and militants attacking oil infrastructure in the south.