Abubakar Shekau Appears In New Video In Combat Gear
The leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video in combat gear full of life and threatening the federal government and the Nigerian Army in particular.
Boko Haram had released a video footage of its raid on a Nigerian military formation in Kumshe, Borno State, at the weekend.
Ahmad Salkida, who made an observation on his Twitter handle, said Shekau’s latest attire makes him different from his wobbly appearance in white robe from his July, 2018 video.
“Was he ill, then? Has he fully recovered? Is he trying to appear as strong as ISWAP?” wondered Salkida.
The video released by the Abubakar Shekau faction of Boko Haram, it was suggested, may be an attempt by the group to prove that it is still very potent.
This is because the Shekau faction has not been very active in the last couple of months.
In the video, the militants were seen assembled and driving Hilux vans painted in military colours, wielding assault rifles, as they attacked a military facility in ‘Kumshe’, Borno State.
The attack took place “at 5pm last Sunday, the 4th of November,” a spokesman of the group told SaharaReporters.
The attack apparently happened barely 24 hours before ISWAP, a rival faction of Boko Haram, raided a military base in Kukawa Local Government, where dozens of soldiers were reported killed or missing, and lethal military equipment carted away by the terror group.
The video, nine minutes and 27 seconds long, showed the fighters moving in a convoy of trucks and other fighters on foot, in a fire fight with the military.
The images also showed arms and ammunition it claimed to have seized during the attack and other personal belongings of soldiers.
The belongings includes a photo album with pictures of the leadership of the military, as well as a photo of late Major General Idris Alkali who was killed recently in Jos and his corpse found in a well.
The group also said its leader, Abubakar Shekau, has featured in a video that will be released soon.