Boko Haram’s Shekau says he is ‘in good health’ fol­low­ing claim of his death

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The dis­puted leader of Nige­rian Is­lamist group Boko Haram has re­leased a video mes­sage deny­ing a claim by the mil­i­tary that he was killed or badly wounded in an air strike last month.

Abubakar Shekau ap­peared healthy in the video in which he spoke in Ara­bic, Hausa and the Ka­nuri language.

It is not clear when recorded.

Ear­lier this month, the Is­lamic State group - to which Boko Haram has pledged al­le­giance an­nounced that Shekau was be­ing re­placed as leader.

IS said he had been re­placed by the lesser-known Abu Musab it was Al­bar­nawi, but Shekau said he was still in charge.

“Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety,” Shekau said in the 40minute video posted to YouTube.

In Au­gust the Nige­rian army said that Shekau had been se­ri­ously wounded in the shoul­der in an air raid in which sev­eral com­man­ders were killed.

The mil­i­tary has yet to com­ment on the lat­est video.

A mil­i­tary cam­paign launched in 2014 has seen Nige­rian troops re­claim large tracts of ter­ri­tory in the north­east of the coun­try from the Is­lamist group.

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