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Shekau’s ‘death:’ We won’t pay ISWAP $7m bounty, says US

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(FILES) This file screengrab made on October 2, 2014, from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau at an undisclosed location in Nigeria. – Nigerian Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been seriously wounded after trying to kill himself to avoid capture during clashes with rival Islamic State-allied jihadists in the north of the country, two intelligence sources said May 20, 2021. Shekau’s Boko Haram faction and fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province had been battling in northeastern Borno state, where ISWAP militants have become the dominant force in Nigeria’s more than decade-long jihadist insurgency. Shekau, who made international headlines when his men kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014, has been reported dead several times since Boko Haram first began its insurgency in 2009. (Photo by Handout / BOKO HARAM / AFP)

The United States (US) has made it clear that the $7million bounty placed on Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect, would not be given to the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Shekau was reported to have killed him during an attack by rival ISWAP, which is affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS).

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In a tweet by its State Department Rewards for Justice Program, the US stated: “News reports indicate that Boko Haram terrorist, Abubakar Shekau, blew himself up in a

“Hey, ISIS guys. To clarify: no– you are not eligible for the reward for information on his identity or location. That’s not how the program works.”

The US Department of State had on June 21, 2012, under Executive Order 13224, placed a $7million bounty on Shekau’s head, calling him a “specially designated global terrorist.”

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On Thursday, reports emerged that Shekau was fatally injured, after attempting to kill himself to avoid being captured by rival IS-allied fighters.

But there were also reports that he died by blowing up himself with a suicide vest.

The Nigerian Army said that it was probing the reports.

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