Abu Musab Al- Barnawi, the leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), was slain in Borno State.
The terror chief was killed, according to Daily Trust, in the last week of August this year.
Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf’ s son, Abu Musab Al- Barnawi, was also slain by security forces in 2009 as he launched a fight against the Nigerian state.
ISIS was believed to have trained Al- Barnawi for years prior to his rise to power.
While strategizing on how to subjugate Shekau, Al- Barnawi launched a series of violent attacks, particularly against military buildings and personnel in the Lake Chad region.
Aside from the financial and material help he received from ISIS, he controlled wide swaths of land in Northern Borno, imposed taxes on the local population, and made a substantial profit from fishing.
Al- militants Barnawi’ s also demolished a number of military super camps in Borno’s Dikwa, Monguno, Abadam, and Marte, as well as other military installations in Yobe State’s Geidam.
He also set up numerous cells on the Lake Chad islands and nearby towns, from which his fighters conducted operations against Nigeria, Niger, and Chad.
Even though security experts had advocated for a continuous offensive to decimate the two competing factions to have a permanent peace after twelve years of uncertainty and devastation, his death in August, following that of Shekau in May 2021, was considered as a turning point in the struggle against terror.
The narrative of Al- Barnawi’ s death has two versions: one claims he was murdered by Nigerian troops, while the other claims he perished in a parallel conflict within the ISWAP camp.
The initial version was based on the information given among some security personnel in the theater of action, which said he was attacked by forces, who killed four or five key ISWAP leaders as well as a large number of foot terrorists loyal to him.
He was killed near Bula Yobe, a hamlet near the Borno/Yobe state boundary on the Mobbar and Abadam axis that leads to the Lake Chad area, according to a source.
According to another report, he was ambushed and killed in a location accessible via the Kashimbri- Gulumba from Yale, Bama, and Banki junctions.