File - The leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (C), July 13, 2014. (AFP/Boko Haram)
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Officials say that Shekau may be a name adopted by leaders of various wings of Boko Haram, raising the possibility the death of one may make others more amenable to negotiating an end to the fighting and release of 200 schoolgirls whose kidnap in April caused an international outcry.The last time the military said he was dead a year ago, a man looking similar to Shekau but slightly fatter continued to appear in videos issuing threats and taunting authorities.Shekau's face has often appeared on video claiming attacks.The military said Wednesday that more than 130 Boko Haram Islamist fighters had surrendered, and a man posing as the group's leader in numerous videos had been killed in clashes, although it often claims successes that are impossible to independently verify.
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