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The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has said Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram committed “unimaginable terrorism”.

ISWAP confirmed the death of Shekau, the former leader of the terrorists group.

The Boko Haram leader was said to have killed himself with a bomb “when he observed that the ISWAP fighters wanted to capture him alive”.

In a message obtained by HumAngle, Abu Musab Albarnawi, ISWAP leader, confirmed the death of Shekau.

Albarnawi described Shekau as “the leader of disobedience and corruption”, saying his fighters rejoiced at the news of his death.

The ISWAP leader said Shekau committed “unimaginable terrorism”, adding that he was apprehended “in the most humiliating manner”.

He added that Shekau blew himself up, saying the former Boko Haram leader preferred to be “humiliated” in the afterlife than on earth.

“This was someone who committed unimaginable terrorism. How many has he wasted? How many has he killed? How many has he terrorised? But Allah left him alone and prolonged his life. When it was time, Allah set out brave soldiers after receiving orders from Amirul Muminin (leader of the believers),” Albarnawi was quoted to have said.

Albarnawi said the confrontation against Shekau was ordered by the interim leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who accused the ex-Boko Haram leader of killing “believers”.

Shekau is said to have taken over leadership of the terrorist group after the death of Mohammed Yusuf, Boko Haram founder, in 2009.

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