VIDEO (WARNING - GRAPHIC): Boko Haram Releases New Video; Absence Of Abubakar Shekau Breeds Questions About His Fate

The man spoke in the regional Hausa language, with subtitles in Arabic and English
Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, did not appear in its latest video, yet again. His continued absence has increased speculation about his fate.

In the eight-minute video, an unidentified member spoke in the name of the Islamic State in West Africa, the new name of the sect, calling on people to be patient: “We are still present everywhere we had been before.” The video they aired showed the insurgents attacking a security checkpoint, seizing weapons, and slitting the throat of a man dressed in a police uniform.

Shekau also failed to appear in a Boko Haram video released in June. He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.

The man spoke in the regional Hausa language, with subtitles in Arabic and English
Soon thereafter, Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured all towns and cities from Boko Haram. According to the BBC “this will renew speculation that he is either deep in hiding, or has been wounded and even killed.”

Regardless of Shekau’s fate, it was clear from the video that some militants in Nigeria are still determined to fight. The video is gross, but its production sleeker than their earlier crude videos, suggesting that it was produced with the help of IS-allied propaganda units, said the BBC.



The young militant spoke in the regional Hausa language, with an accent from the Kanuri ethnic group, to which Shekau belongs. Shekau became Boko Haram leader following the killing of the terror group’s founder, Muhammad Yusuf, in police custody in 2009. Previous reports about his death proved to be false.

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