Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has been replaced by Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the Islamic State has suggested, featuring him in the latest edition of its magazine.
In the interview in IS’s weekly Arabic magazine al-Naba, Mr Barnawi said his group “remained a force to be reckoned with” and said it had been drawing new recruits, the BBC said.
He described the group’s battle against West African states as a war fought by Muslims against “apostates” and “crusaders”.
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Abubakar Shekau took over from Mohammed Yusuf who died in police custody in 2009.