People walk past a telecom mast brought down by Boko Haram Islamists in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, on February 15, 2017.AFP / FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR
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In the audio recording, Shekau accused Abu Zinnira of plotting with another senior commander called Baba Ammar to take over leadership of the group.Last August, Daesh (ISIS), to which Shekau pledged allegiance in March 2015, announced that Abu Musab al-Barnawi was now Boko Haram's leader. Barnawi's father, Mohammed Yusuf, founded Boko Haram in 2002 . Followers of the two factions have reportedly clashed while Barnawi has blamed Shekau's high-handed leadership style and his indiscriminate killings of his lieutenants for the split.
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