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Boko Haram 'leader' denies death reports

Friday, October 03, 2014 - 01:24

A man claiming to be Boko Haram's leader appears in a new video contradicting Nigerian military reports of his death. Paul Chapman reports.

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This man says he's the leader of Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the Nigerian military's reports of his death are unfounded. The video shows a man appears similar to one who's appeared in previous videos claiming to be Abubakar Shekau. Reuters isn't able to independently verify the content of the footage from a social media website. (SOUNDBITE)(Hausa) MAN CLAIMING TO BE BOKO HARAM LEADER ABUBAKAR SHEKAU SAYING: "Here I am, alive, until the day Allah takes my breath away. Obama's desire or Francois Hollande's desire can't kill me. Neither can the will of Netanyahu or Bank Ki-moon, Queen Elizabeth and other infidels of the world kill me, much less the feeble Goodluck Jonathan." Nigeria's military said last week a man posing as Shekau in several of the group's videos had been killed in clashes. The military announced Shekau's death a year ago. After that the man claiming to be Shekau in videos did appear different from previous ones. The latest video, which includes scenes of stonings and beatings, also shows Boko Haram fighters picking through the wreckage of an aircraft the group says it shot down. Nigeria's Defence Headquarters says the video doesn't indicate when it was shot or provide proof that Shekau's alive.

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Boko Haram 'leader' denies death reports

Friday, October 03, 2014 - 01:24