Nigerian official says new leader of ISIL-linked group killed

Asia's Tech News Daily

Nigerian official says new leader of ISIL-linked group killed
© Provided by Al Jazeera Malam Bako recently succeeded Abu Musab al-Barnawi as leader of the Islamic State in West Africa Province [File: Audu Marte/AFP]

Nigerian security forces have killed the new leader of an ISIL (ISIS)-linked group blamed for killing hundreds in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries, a senior security official has said.

Nigeria’s national security adviser Babagana Monguno said on Friday that Malam Bako, who recently succeeded Abu Musab al-Barnawi as leader of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), was “taken out” by troops earlier this week.

Bako’s death could not be independently verified and there was no immediate confirmation from ISWAP. The development would be another heavy blow on ISWAP following last week’s announcement by the Nigerian military that al-Barnawi was killed.

In August Bako was appointed a member of the Shura Council, ISWAP’s consultative assembly, as the group consolidated its position in the Lake Chad basin following the death of rival leader Abubakar Shekau of the Boko Haram group.

Monguno praised Nigerian security forces fighting the rebels in the northeast and the Lake Chad basin for doing “an excellent job” after eliminating ISWAP’s leader and his successor within a span of a month.

He said the ISIL-linked group is facing a leadership crisis and that Nigerian military operations have put “a lot of pressure” on ISWAP and its rival Boko Haram.

The reported killings of al-Barnawi and Bako have refocused attention to the conflict in Nigeria’s northeast, which began 12 years ago with an armed uprising launched by Boko Haram.

The Nigerian military recently announced that about 6,000 fighters have so far surrendered following Shekau’s death in June this year. Security experts told The Associated Press that most of those surrendering were forced to join Boko Haram under Shekau or did not want to associate with ISWAP, which has been Boko Haram’s rival since the groups’ 2016 split.

Unlike Boko Haram which often violently targets civilian populations, ISWAP targets the Nigerian military and those who aid soldiers.

IS has also tried to capitalise on Shekau’s death by launching a significant recruitment drive and gaining more Boko Haram-held territories, especially within the Sambisa forest.

The United Nations Development Program estimates that the conflict has resulted in 350,000 deaths, with 314,000 of those from indirect causes.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Op-Ed: The powerful message behind charging the parents in the Michigan school shooting

A makeshift memorial to the four students who died Nov. 30 in a mass school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan. The suspected shooter and his parents have been ... Read more »

Kent police asking residents and businesses to join camera program and help solve crimes

Kent Police cars outside of the Kent Police Station on South Depeyster Street in Kent. The Kent Police Department is asking residents and businesses to potentially help solve crimes. The ... Read more »

Foreign Office top official ‘regrets' holidaying during Afghan evacuation

MPs have lambasted the “lack of leadership” during the Afghanistan evacuation as the Foreign Office’s top civil servant admitted he regretted continuing with his holiday while Kabul fell. Sir Philip ... Read more »

Fantasy football Week 14 waiver wire: Why Foreman is the RB to own in Tennessee

Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season finally marks the last of the dreaded bye weeks! © Mark Zaleski/AP DOnta-Foreman Four teams take a seat this week: the Colts, Dolphins, ... Read more »

SCUF reveals renamed PS5 Elite controller, the SCUF Reflex

© Provided by Dot Esports Custom controller manufacturer SCUF has introduced its first modded controller for the PlayStation 5 in the SCUF Reflex.  SCUF’s controllers for the last generation of ... Read more »

Jets offence hitting stride after intense win over Maple Leafs

WINNIPEG — It’s safe to say that deep dive into the offensive game and what needed to improve has yielded some impressive results. © Fred Greenslade/CP Winnipeg Jets’ Kyle Connor ... Read more »

How to complete POTM Çalhanoğlu SBC in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

© Provided by Dot Esports EA Sports added an 86-rated Player of the Month (POTM) version of Hakan Çalhanoğlu from Internazionale to FIFA 22 today. This item is available through the game’s ... Read more »

Alarming Things Hackers Can Do with Just Your Cell Phone Number

I used to think that maybe, at best, a person could possibly find my name and address using my phone number. I was wrong. Recently, someone I don’t know used ... Read more »

Re-elected Gambian President Barrow promises new constitution, term limits

© Reuters/ZOHRA BENSEMRA FILE PHOTO: Presidential election in Gambia By Pap Saine BANJUL (Reuters) – Gambia’s newly re-elected president, Adama Barrow, said on Tuesday that his government plans to draft ... Read more »

Christmas tree planted in couple's garden 43 years ago is now a staggering 50 feet tall

The Rowlands’s Christmas tree in 2012. SWNS A couple who planted a 6-foot Christmas tree in 1978 now use a cherry-picker to decorate the 50-foot giant with 3,000 lights in ... Read more »

The Best Gifts for 'Sex and the City' Fans to Celebrate the Series Revival

© James Devaney/WireImage Each product has been independently selected by our editorial team. We may receive commissions from some links to products on this page. Promotions are subject to availability ... Read more »

Canadian arrested for ransomware attacks in U.S. after two year probe

FILE PHOTO: Hooded man holds laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture OTTAWA (Reuters) – A 31-year-old Ottawa man has been arrested on suspicion ... Read more »

Zuger Unternehmen soll ins weltweite Spionagegeschäft verwickelt sein

Ein Mitgründer soll Überwachungsfirmen Zugang zum Firmennetzwerk für Spionagezwecke verkauft haben. Profitiert hätten private Sicherheitsfirmen und letztlich auch staatliche Stellen. Der Eidgenössische Datenschutzbeauftragte hat eine Vorabklärung eröffnet. © Foto: Keystone ... Read more »

Auch dank Mbappé-Messi-Show: Leipzig sichert sich gegen City Europa League

© Bereitgestellt von Blick Leipzig sichert sich gegen City Europa League Gruppe A PSG – Brügge 4:1 Kehrausspiel? Nicht für PSG. Die Pariser treten mit allen Stars an. Messi, Mbappé, ... Read more »

Leipzig schlägt ManCity und überwintert europäisch – Messi und Mbappé mit Doppelpack

© FILIP SINGER/keystone-sda.ch epa09627742 Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (R) reacts during the UEFA Champions League group A soccer match between RB Leipzig and Manchester City at Red Bull Arena in ... Read more »

Strictly Come Dancing celebrities and dancers left devastated after bosses CANCEL boozy wrap party

STRICTLY’S dancers and crew will miss out on their last waltz after the end-of-series Christmas do was cancelled. BBC bosses have axed the party because of fears over the Omicron ... Read more »

Bitcoin 'founder' to keep 1m Bitcoin cache

© BBC In 2016 Mr Wright claimed to be the founder of Bitcoin A computer scientist who claims he invented Bitcoin has won a court case allowing him to keep ... Read more »

Strictly's Nadiya Bynchkova dazzles in satin gown as she leaves It Takes Two filming

NADIYA Bychkova looks cha cha chuffed despite getting the boot from this year’s Strictly. The pro dancer, 32, had a big grin on her face and wore this satin gown ... Read more »

Princess Diana ‘would return or give away some of William and Harry's Christmas gifts', says former bodyguard

PRINCESS Diana would return or give away some of Prince William and Prince Harry’s gifts, her former bodyguard has said. The People’s Princess was well known for breaking royal protocol ... Read more »

I'm A Celeb viewers baffled as one huge part of the show is missing this year

I'M A Celebrity fans were left baffled after the show dropped one of its regular features. The water trials, which saw celebs swimming with crocodiles or dunked into tanks, have ... Read more »

Pep Guardiola explains surprise Man City selection amid player praise after defeat

Pep Guardiola has declared himself happy with his Manchester City players despite a 2-1 defeat to RB Leipzig. City’s coach picked a surprisingly strong XI for the game at RB ... Read more »

Man kills wife, three kids and himself ‘in fear of punishment over fake Covid pass'

© REUTERS/Christian Mang man kills family in senzig germany.jpeg A man in Germany who killed his wife and three young daughters before taking his own life had feared his children ... Read more »

Australia news live update: Sydney party boat Covid cases likely to be Omicron; Pfizer reportedly ‘enthusiastic' to talk to Australia

© Photograph: James D Morgan/Getty Images Health authorities are urgently trying to contact 140 close contacts of five people on board a Sydney Harbour party boat who tested positive to ... Read more »

MPs reject bid to stop ‘pushback' of migrant boats from endangering lives

© Independent Breaking News MPs have voted down a bid by parliament’s human rights committee to make it illegal for immigration officers to attempt to “push back” migrant boats in ... Read more »

PSG 4-1 Club Brugge: Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both hit braces in Champions League win

© AFP via Getty Images PSG0712A Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both hit braces as Paris Saint-Germain rounded off what had been an underwhelming Champions League up until matchday six. ... Read more »

'I've heard' - Kennedy drops potentially worrying claim on NUFC's director search

© Provided by This is Futbol St James’ Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has given his views on the club’s search for a new director of football. Read about all ... Read more »

Rio Ferdinand has major doubts over whether Shaw & Wan-Bissaka will fit in under Rangnick

© GiveMeSport Man United under Ralf Rangnick: Rio Ferdinand issues warning to Shaw & Wan-Bissaka Manchester United’s 1-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday marked the dawning of ... Read more »

Kristin Cavallari's kids play a role in her business

© Bang Showbiz Kristin Cavallari’s kids help her with her business Kristin Cavallari’s children play an active role in her business. The 34-year-old TV star – who has Camden, nine, ... Read more »

Deontay Wilder drops fresh retirement hint after Tyson Fury defeat

Deontay Wilder has admitted he has completed all of his goals in boxing in a fresh retirement hint after his brutal defeat to Tyson Fury. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ has previously ... Read more »

Paid £2.2m, left for £0: Rangers had a nightmare on dud who played at "60 per cent" - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast rangers-pena-caixinha-gerrard-premiership Rangers have had their fair share of transfer success in recent years, ranging from the likes of Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi to Alfredo ... Read more »

Pundit tips West Brom and Championship rivals for transfer disappointment after Celtic & Rangers update

© Provided by Football League World Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Test Event – Tottenham Hotspur U18 v Southampton U18 Alan Hutton believes the prospect of playing in Europe for Celtic or ... Read more »

Judge issues nationwide injunction against Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors

A federal judge on Tuesday issued a nationwide injunction against a vaccine mandate for federal contractors, ruling that President Joe Biden probably exceeded his authority by imposing the requirement. © ... Read more »

From 'Chipotle' to 'Eilish,' these are the words we mispronounced the most in 2021

Words are hard. Using them properly in a sentence is one thing, but saying them out loud? Even harder. “Cheugy” doesn’t even look like it should be a word! © ... Read more »

234,000 Pounds of Ham and Pepperoni Are Being Recalled Due to Listeria Concerns

© mphillips007 – Getty Images Alexander & Hornung is recalling over 234,000 pounds of fully cooked ham, pepperoni, and other pork products due to possible listeria contamination. Alexander & Hornung, ... Read more »

Australia news live update: Sydney party boat Covid cases likely to be Omicron; Pfizer ‘enthusiastic' to talk to Australia

LIVE – Updated at 20:29 © Photograph: James D Morgan/Getty Images Health authorities are urgently trying to contact 140 close contacts of five people on board a Sydney Harbour party ... Read more »

Gutsy NY diner waitress boots patron for creeping on ‘underaged girls'

An outspoken waitress at Long Island’s Massapequa Diner kicked out a creepy customer after he allegedly tried giving his cell phone number to “underaged girls,” made “loud” anti-LGBTQ slurs, and ... Read more »

Marjorie Taylor Greene claims jailed Capitol riot suspects' own public defenders call them ‘white supremacists'

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 07, 2021 with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Rep. ... Read more »

Duke of Sussex backs campaign to scrap visa fees for Commonwealth Army veterans

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has backed a campaign to scrap visa fees for Commonwealth veterans who fought in the British Army – CHRIS JACKSON /AFP The Duke of ... Read more »

McDonald's workers shelter from active shooter in terrifying video

A video of McDonald's employees in Fort Meyers, Florida, sheltering during an active shooter situation has gone viral on TikTok, racking up more than 1.8 million views. The video appears ... Read more »

Tiger Woods may be set to return to the golf course in as little as 2 weeks so he can play with his son

© Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images Tiger Woods may be set to return to the golf course in as little as 2 weeks so he can play with his ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic