Boko Haram Islamic extremists in Nigeria have a new leader. He immediately started threatening to bomb churches and kill Christians while finishing attacks on mosques and Muslim markets. Continue reading the article to get more details.
Therefore, Abu Musab al-Barnawi has become the governor or new Wali of supposed West Africa Province. This title was formerly used to depict ex-Boko Haram head Abubakar Shekau.
The meeting with al-Barnawi indicates a chief move in policy for the Nigerian extremists, who killed many more Muslims than Christians in attacks in mosques with suicide bombers.
There have also been attacks on crowded marketplaces in predominantly Muslim areas and the killings and kidnappings of school children. The targeting of students accounts for its nickname Boko Haram, which means Western education is sinful or forbidden.
Al-Barnawi says the militants will react to that threat by booby-trapping and blowing up each church that they can reach, and killing all of Christians whom they find from the citizens of the cross.
Wednesday's announcement indicates a coup by Boko Haram breakaway group Ansaru against Shekau, and follows a trend of extremist Islamic groups moving away from al-Qaida to the Islamic State, analyst Jacob Zenn explained.
Ansaru broke away from Boko Haram since it disagrees with the haphazard killing of civilians, especially Muslims.
Al-Barnawi is the false name of a Nigerian militant who has threatened journalists and is allied with Ansaru.
In March 2015, Shekau switched commitment from al-Qaida and told that Boko Haram be known as the Islamic State's West Africa Province. Boko Haram at that time was the most influential military force in Nigeria. They controlled an enormous area and was better equipped and motivated than Nigerian forces.
Under Shekau over 22.000 people were killed and drove more than 2.4 million from their homes, and created what aid workers are calling a disastrous humanitarian crisis with children who die of starvation every day.
Last week Boko Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy and killed for civilians counting a U.N. employee and causing the suspension of U.N. aid to recently liberated but still hazardous areas of Nigeria's northeast.