File - In this Friday, July. 31, 2015 photo People walk past a damaged car at the site of a bomb explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria.(AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
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Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist extremists have a new leader who promises to end attacks on mosques and markets used by Muslims, according to an interview published Wednesday by Daesh (ISIS). The group's Al-Nabaa newspaper identified Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new "Wali" of its West Africa Province, a title previously used to describe leader Abubakar Shekau.Wednesday's announcement indicates a coup by Boko Haram breakaway group Ansaru against Shekau, and follows a trend of extremist Islamist groups moving away from Al-Qaeda to Daesh, analyst Jacob Zenn said.Shekau in March 2015 declared that Boko Haram had become Daesh's West Africa Province.
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