Boko Haram Leaders Clash: Shekua VS Barnawi


  • The two contradictory leaders of Boko Haram factions has clashed in northeast Nigeria.
  • Abubakar Shekuas followers were attacked and killed by Abu Musab al-Barnawi Assailants
  • Civilian vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram confirms sporadic clashes between opposing fighters.

The much anticipated war has finally broken out among the leaders of the world’s deadliest terrorist group, Boko Haram after the sect had divided in two factions between Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi followers.

It has been months since the conflicted division of the sect who pledged allegiance to the Syria born ISIS.

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After ISIS renounced the leadership of Shekau, commanding Barnawi to assume position as Boko Haram leader, there has been a violent rift brewing between the leaders when Shekau refused to step down and insisted he’s still in charge of the Borno State born Islamic terrorists.

Under Shekau’s leadership the insurgency has killed at least 20,000 people since 2009 and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes.

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Sources in northeast Nigeria now say there have been deadly skirmishes between the two factions, even as Nigeria’s military seeks to finally rout the rebels in a sustained counter-offensive.

According to AFP who received the information from a citizen living in Borno, the Barnawi faction launched an offensive last week Thursday, September 1, against the Shekau faction who were camped in the villages of Yele and Arafa.

Through a telephone interview, the Maiduguri based informant, Mele Kaka said during the battle in Yele, the assailants killed three people from the Shekau camp, injured one and took one with them, while several were killed in Arafa.

He further disclosed that Fighters from Barnawi camp had the previous day attacked gunmen loyal to Shekau in Zuwa village in nearby Marte district, killing an unspecified number.

The incident, he continued, had forced villagers to flee the area has now become a potential cross fire between the divided terrorists. Kaka said

“The Barnawi fighters told villagers after each attack that they were fighting the other camp because they had derailed from the true jihad and were killing innocent people, looting their property and burning their homes.

“They said such acts contravene the teachings of Islam and true jihad.”

Vanguard reported that news of the clash was slow to emerge due to break down of telecommunications infrastructure in northeast Nigeria, and restricted access. The Military were not able to confirm news of such in-fighting among the two Boko Haram camps/leaders, but a civilian vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram said there were sporadic clashes between the opposing fighters.

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Babakura Kolo also confirm that there was a fierce gun battle in the Abadam area of Borno state, near the border with Niger, where Shekau’s fighters were routed. According him,

“It was a deadly fight and Shekau’s fighters were forced to flee, while hundreds of residents of the villages and their herds taken hostage by the fleeing fighters were allowed to go about their normal lives by the Barnawi faction.”