Nigeria Says ISWAP Leader Abu Musab Al-Barnawi Is Dead

Nigeria Says ISWAP Leader Abu Musab Al-Barnawi Is Dead

Andrew H. Sweet

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has not commented on the claims. ISWAP has been seen as the strongest jihadist group in Nigeria since the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau earlier this year. Since then, thousands of Boko Haram fighters have surrendered both to the military and reportedly to ISWAP.

Born Habib Yusuf, he (Barnawi) was the eldest son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Under Barnawi's leadership, ISWAP made territorial gains in northern Nigeria, and the wider Chad Basin, during recent years. It is also active in neighboring countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Mali.

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