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Abubakar Shekau



Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau killed, claims Nigerian military



Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau: 'Kill, Kill, Kill!' | The New York Times



Boko Haram: Who is Abubakar Shekau? - BBC News



Abubakar Shekau 'injured' in an air strike in northeast Nigeria



Is Boko Haram's Leader Dead? Insane? Neither?

Abu Mohammed Abubakar bin Mohammad al-Sheikawi , also known by the alias Darul Akeem wa Zamunda Tawheed, or Darul Tawheed, thought to be born between 1965 and 1975 is a Kanuri man known as the leader of Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant group that has declared loyalty to the Islamist militant group Islamic State of Iraq Syria (ISIS). He served as deputy leader to the group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf, until Yusuf was executed in 2009. Nigerian authorities believed that Shekau was killed in 2009 during clashes between security forces and Boko Haram until July 2010, when Shekau appeared in a video claiming leadership of the group. He has subsequently been reported dead with regularity, and is thought to use body doubles. In March 2015, Shekau pledged allegiance to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Shekau is a Salafi. He has been described as possessing a photographic memory.
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