The leader of Boko Haram — the Nigerian terror group that has killed tens of thousands of people and kidnapped hundreds of schoolchildren — has killed himself, according to reports.
Abubakar Shekau — once rejected by ISIS for being too radical — died last month as the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) was under ISIS leadership commands to capture him, Reuters said.
After a gun battle, he was cornered and offered the chance to repent and join his rivals — but instead killed himself by detonating an explosive device, the wire service said, citing an ISWAP audio recording.
“Abubakar Shekau, God has judged him by sending him to heaven,” ISWAP leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi said on the audio, the agency said.
“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth, and he killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive,” al-Barnawi said in the audio, also heard by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
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