Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province known as ISWAP, a group affiliated with ISIS, is no more, according to Nigeria’s intelligence community.
According to military sources, he was the leader whose group killed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shakur last May and have been responsible for a series of attacks against innocent civilians in the Northern parts of the country.
The announcement, made known to the press on Wednesday 15 September, revealed that the leader was killed in August by a rival faction within his own group at a forest in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria.
ISWAP group signaled its presence in Nigeria in 2016 and expressed a different opinion with Boko Haram.
The group has been against the Boko Haram philosophy as they considered their philosophy as moderate, which is against Islam and wanted a full implementation of the Sharia law.
Nigeria is currently home to several terrorist groups, including the Biafra movement that was declared a terrorist group earlier this year by Nigeria’s senate.