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Military confirms death of al-Barnawi

Chief of Defence Staff General Lucky Irabor says leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) jihadist group, Abu Musab al-Barnawi is dead.

Irabor stated this on Thursday at the weekly briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“I can authoritatively confirm to you that Abu Musab is dead”. Chief of Defence Staff stated.

Al-Barnawi is the son of the founder of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group causing unrest in the northeast since 2009.

After the death of Boko Haram commander, Shekau, al-Barnawi had consolidated ISWAP’s control in the northeast and the Lake Chad region.

Editing by Adeniyi Bakare