Revealed: Boko Haram Now Fighting and Killing Themselves Over Leadership Battle

The enemies of Nigeria are fighting themselves. There have been deadly clashes between factions of the deadly Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security and local sources have told the BBC.

Details of the violent fighting in the Monguno area of Borno state near Lake Chad are sketchy because of a lack of mobile communications in the north-east.

It was sparked after so-called Islamic State (IS) announced last month that Abu Musab al-Barnawi was the leader of Boko Haram, replacing Abubakar Shekau.

However, Mr Shekau, who initially pledged the group’s allegiance to IS, said he was still in charge.

Top security sources believe the split will help the Nigerian military in its effort to defeat the killers.