MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of an Islamic uprising in Nigeria's northeast has resurfaced and is claiming responsibility for a recent spate of attacks.
Nigeria's military in August said Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau might have been killed. In a video viewed Wednesday a man believed to be Shekau responded: "The world should know that I cannot die except by the will of Allah."
Shekau was sitting in a jungle environment surrounded by dozens of lieutenants dressed in fatigues. He said Boko Haram was celebrating victories in Benisheik, where more than 143 civilians were killed, in Monguno and surrounding northern villages where more than a dozen civilians have been killed this month.
Boko Haram is blamed for violent attacks that have killed nearly 2,000 in Nigeria since 2011.