March 1, 2021
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Power struggle
Split in Boko Haram Nigeria based Boko Haram terror group has split into two factions, one loyal to Abubakar Shekau and the other to Abu Musab al-Barnawi, appointed by Boko Haram’s ally, the Islamic State. In 2015, rumours started spreading that Shekau had been killed or replaced after he failed to make a verified video appearance for the past year. Following the new appointment, Shekau, released an audio message in Arabic and Hausa accusing al-Barnawi of trying to stage a coup against him. The recent split has generated a wide range of reactions and predictions among international security experts and analysts, who have warned that the dangerous development could be more deadly threat to the already porous Nigeria security system and that of West Africa as a whole. However, it will be too early to come to a conclusion as there are chances that this split might actually weaken the terrorist group as a whole. In the struggle for control, Boko Haram factions could turn on each other, further splitting the insurgents who have been beaten back from their strongholds in northern Nigeria over the past year. Shift in strategy There were talks of crack appearing in the leadership of the group in last few months, however as an indication of shift in strategy, the Islamic State has officially named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the militant group’s new leader and says he will pursue a different strategy-but the old leader, AbubakarShekau, says he&rsq
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