WAR ON BOKO HARAM: NIGERIA IS HUNTING AFRICA’S MOST WANTED TERRORIST, BUT WILL KILLING HIM END THE CONFLICT?
The following is an excerpt from CONOR GAFFEY | July 29, 2017 | Newsweek.com |
The manhunt for the most wanted terrorist in Africa is on.
For the past eight years, Boko Haram has been kidnapping, butchering and bombing Nigeria’s northeast and the borderlands of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. And since the extremist group took up arms in 2009, Abubakar Shekau has been constantly lurking in the shadows, like a black cat to Nigeria’s military. Shekau even seems to have a catlike amount of lives : he has reappeared each time Nigeria or its allies have claimed to have killed him, which is at least four.
But now, with Boko Haram fractured and under military and economic pressure, Nigeria wants to finish its boogeyman once and for all. The head of the Nigerian army announced a 40-day manhunt to capture Shekau “dead or alive” on July 21, giving the military until August 30—presuming that the manhunt started on July 21 and includes weekends—to find the militant.
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