US reacts to Shekau’s ‘death’, clarifies on payment of $7m bounty to ISWAP
Following the report on killing of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram sect, the United States has made it clear that the $7million bounty placed on him will not be given to the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The clarification was made by the US via a tweet by its State Department Rewards for Justice Program.
“News reports today indicate that Boko Haram terrorist Abubakar Shekau blew himself up in a confrontation with ISIS affiliates.
“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,” it read.
Recall that the United States Department of State had placed a $7 million bounty on Shekau’s head.
The Boko Haram leader was named a “specially designated global terrorist” on June 21, 2012, under executive order 13224.
On Thursday, reports emerged that Shekau was fatally injured, after attempting to kill himself to avoid being captured by rival Islamic State-allied fighters.
There are also reports that he died by plowing up himself with a suicide vest.
However, the Nigerian Army said that it was probing the reports indicating that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was “badly injured” or “dead”.
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