The leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), Abu Mus’ab Habeeb Bn Muhammad Bn Yusuf Al-Barnawi was killed during deadly fights with the remnants of Abubakar Shekau’s factions of Boko Haram.
Reliable sources from the theatre of war confirmed the killing of Al-Barnawi who met his waterloo as a result of fatal encounter between his IWAP faction and Boko Haram faction.
Sources added that what started as verbal disagreements between the two groups over sharing formula of ransom funds snowballed into a violent confrontation which resulted in the death of the ISWAP leader and scores of insurgents from both sides.
Habeeb is the eldest surviving son of the founder of Jammatu Ahlusunnah Liddaawati Wal Jihad, Late Muhammad Yusuf.
ISWAP is primarily active in the Chad Basin and fights an extensive insurgency against Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.
It is an upshoot of Boko Haram with whom it has developed a violent rivalry killing Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau in 2021.